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Salmon of the West
What is a salmon?
Why are salmon in trouble?
Who is in charge?
Voices of the West
Wild/Hatchery: a difference?
Why you should care
What is the FWS doing?
What you can do

Why are salmon in trouble?

The decline of the Columbia River's once-numerous salmon and steelhead runs is well documented. Human activities that degrade or diminish habitat are the primary cause of the decline of these fish. Federal agencies have a fundamental responsibility under the Endangered Species Act to prevent extinction and foster recovery of listed species.

Salmon art by Sophie of Riverdale School Over-fishing

Dams

Poor Habitat

Hatchery Practices


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