Steelhead are disappearing once they leave their spawning rivers in the Puget Sound region. One scientist is hot on their tails in search of clues.
A wild fish advocacy group goes to court to halt the release of hatchery steelhead in Washington rivers -- the latest such legal action to assert environmental laws to stop fish hatchery programs in the Northwest.
Lawsuits around the region highlight a groundswell of opposition to the practice of raising salmon and steelhead in hatcheries to then be released into the wild.
Salmon and steelhead stocks began to decline after dams were built around the Northwest. Fish hatcheries were put forth as a solution. Author Jim Lichatowich says the hatchery "bargain" hasn't paid off.
The Yakama Nation’s steelhead reconditioning program is like a retreat spa for fish. And it's changing the circle of life for the species.
Not much would change for dam operations on the Columbia River under the federal government's new draft plan for protecting endangered salmon and steelhead.
Money from a big 2004 Idaho water rights pact is being pumped into efforts in Idaho's Pahsimeroi River valley to help improve habitat for spawning salmon and steelhead.
Fish are making their way into parts of the Elwha River that have been locked away above two dams for 100 years. But which fish should be allowed to recolonize the Elwha - just wild fish, or hatchery-raised salmon and steelhead, too?
Oregon salmon advocates hope to move forward developing a federally approved plan to allow cormorants to be killed where they are over-populated to reduce their impacts on salmon and steelhead runs.
OROFINO, Idaho -- Steelhead in the Columbia River Basin are threatened. Current populations have dwindled to a fraction of the historic numbers a century ago. That has led two Northwest Indian Tribes to try something new to help this struggling fish survive.
A program that uses salmon and steelhead carcasses to fertilize upper Rogue tributaries and boost wild fish runs is expanding.
Federal fisheries managers are proposing to designate critical habitat for endangered coho salmon and steelhead.
Federal agencies deliver a mixed report card on their efforts to recover endangered salmon in the Columbia River.
SALEM, Ore. -– The group that's asking Oregon voters to ban the use of gillnets along the Columbia River says it's suspending its ballot measure campaign. The sponsors of the measure say they're instead backing a separate effort by Oregon’s governor to do essentially the same thing.
Dozens of people help move steelhead, frogs, and other wildlife into a newly engineered tributary of the Middle Fork John Day River. It's the latest step in a long-term effort to restore habitat in an Eastern Oregon river with a legacy of mining, ditching, and ranching.
BOISE, Idaho -- For years critics have included hatcheries in their list of problems for wild salmon and steelhead. Among the gripes: hatchery fish weaken the species' gene pool by breeding with wild fish. Scientists at a laboratory in Idaho are determined to change that.
TACOMA, Wash. — The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has agreed not to release any hatchery-raised steelhead into the Olympic Peninsula's Elwha River this year.
For years now, an effort has been underway to reintroduce steelhead and salmon to Central Oregon’s Deschutes River Basin. One of the biggest challenges has been the Crooked River. In the summer months, farmers use irrigation to take large quantities of water out of the river to put on their fields. Now, a conservation group is working with farmers to keep the water in the river, by conserving water somewhere else.
Every year more than 6 billion juvenile salmon are released from hatcheries into the rivers of the Northwest. New research published today (Monday) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that hatchery fish may actually be adapting to captivity – making them less equipped to take on life in the wild.
The U.S. District judge who's shaped salmon and hydropower policy on the Columbia River for more than a decade is stepping down from the case.
Transporting fish around dams is a challenge that's perhaps unique to the Pacific Northwest. It has had its successes, but on Southwest Washington's Cowlitz River, which has been dammed since the middle of the 20th century, reestablishing fish runs using trucks has been slow going.
The Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, has seen declining numbers of wild salmon since its dams went up. Fish hatcheries have been used to supplement those runs. But it's unclear what role humans will play in restoring fish once the river runs free. (Undamming the Elwha: Part III)