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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Sockeye Salmon
5:55 am
Mon July 30, 2012

First Sockeye Reach Idaho's Stanley Basin

This is the Sawtooth trap where the first sockeye returned to in 2012.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

The first sockeye arrived in Idaho’s Salmon River this week -- That’s later than usual. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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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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