Idaho's Snake River sockeye were nearly wiped out in the 1990s. But now these salmon are on their way back. Officials released a new recovery plan Monday.
At one point, the sockeye run returning to spawn in Idaho's Redfish Lake was down to just one fish. They called him Lonesome Larry.
The species was listed as endangered, and a captive breeding program was designed to rebuild the population.
Tom Flagg is a manager with NOAA Fisheries. He says that program has paid off. Last year, more than 1,500 sockeye returned.