Sockeye Salmon

Fishery Closure
6:17 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Feds Declare Fraser Sockeye Salmon Fishery A "Disaster"

The Fraser River sockeye salmon runs are worth more than 4 million dollars each year, and they’ve been in decline for 30 years.
Credit NOAA Fisheries West Coast/Flickr

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has declared the Fraser River sockeye salmon run a “fishery disaster”. The Fraser River empties out near Vancouver, British Columbia. But the salmon from that river are a key resource for the state and tribal fishing industries in Washington.

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Lonesome Larry
6:12 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Lonesome Larry Hits 20-Year Anniversary

20 years ago, Lonesome Larry was the only sockeye salmon to make the 800-mile trip from the Pacific Ocean to Redfish Lake, once a popular spawning area for salmon.
Photo by Aaron Kunz Northwest News Network

This year is the twenty year anniversary of Lonesome Larry, a lone sockeye salmon that made the 800 mile trip from the ocean to Redfish Lake in central Idaho. It helped jump start a multi-billion dollar effort to save Snake River salmon from certain extinction. Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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