Chinook bust on the Columbia: Spring returns worse than forecast on Northwest’s largest river – Seattle Times


Bad news for our resident orcas. The returns are even worse than expected. Time is of the essence in considering options for restoring runs.

Darren Ogden hefted the big Chinook salmon, meaty and lustrous, a rare and welcome sight in a bad year for returns of adult spring Chinook.Fish managers have had to downgrade their forecasts regarding spring Chinook returning to the Columbia River twice, from an already gloomy outlook with returns so far at 30% below initial projections, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)…. The Chinook bust is puzzling fish managers. Lynda Mapes reports. (Seattle Times)

Chinook bust on the Columbia: Spring returns worse than forecast on Northwest’s largest river

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