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This Sept. 10, 2020, photo provided by Erik Withalm shows the roll gates on the Leaburg Dam opened to release water and drain the lake behind the dam during the Holiday Farm Fire east of Eugene, Oregon. The local utility opened the dams to prevent wildfire debris and downed trees from snagging on the gates, but the move deprived the nearby Leaburg Fish Hatchery of fresh water. The hatchery was forced to release more than 1 million steelhead, chinook salmon and trout into the McKenzie River to save them. (Erik Withalm/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)

Fish in Oregon hatcheries die, released early as fires rage

Sep. 17, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As wildfires raged through Oregon, staff at fish hatcheries around the state raced to try to save – or prematurely release – millions of chinook salmon, steelhead and trout being raised in captivity to preserve fragile fish species, state officials said Thursday. About...

Washington state county states goal to remove polluting dam

Sep. 15, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state county announced its goal to remove the Electron Dam on the Puyallup River located roughly 42 miles (68 kilometers) southeast of Seattle following the pollution of the river by the dam's owners. Electron Hydro, the dam's owners, polluted over 40 miles (64 kilometers) of...

Four rivers to be treated for sea lamprey control

Sep. 13, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Four tributaries of Lake Champlain will be treated with a pesticide this fall to control sea lamprey that prey on wild trout, salmon and other species, federal and state wildlife officials say. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife will...

Study says pink salmon could prosper in warmer Arctic waters

Sep. 8, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new study has found that global warming could produce higher numbers of pink salmon in the Arctic by making rivers and streams more hospitable for spawning. The analysis was published by U.S. and Canadian scientists in the journal Deep Sea Research Part II, Alaska’s Energy...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2008 file photo, an Atlantic salmon leaps out of the water at a Cooke Aquaculture farm pen near Eastport, Maine. President Donald Trump is hoping to dramatically upscale aquaculture in the U.S., including expanding the long controversial sector of offshore aquaculture. In May 2020, the president issued an executive order that promised broad changes in how the U.S. regulates fish farming. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Trump eyes aquaculture boom, but environmentalists dig in

Aug. 31, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to dramatically expand aquaculture production in the United States, but a coalition of environmentalists believes his plan would be bad for the oceans, unnecessary for food security and difficult to implement. Trump's bid to grow fish farming is designed...

Large Maine salmon farm clears key regulatory hurdle

Aug. 25, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine environmental board has issued draft permits to the developer of a large salmon farm that would be built on land. Nordic Aquafarms wants to build the facility in Belfast. The Maine Board of Environmental Protection has said the facility's pollutant, wastewater discharge and...

FILE - In this July 13, 2007, file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, near the village of Iliamma. A proposed gold and copper mine at the headwaters of the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery in Alaska would cause

Corps: Alaska mine would have adverse impacts on salmon site

Aug. 24, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (AP) — A proposed gold and copper mine at the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Alaska would cause “unavoidable adverse impacts,” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a letter to the developer released Monday. The corps is giving Pebble...

Virus contributes to possible big California salmon season

Aug. 23, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Anglers and biologists believe California is likely to experience an increase of chinook salmon during the fall run resulting from the coronavirus and fewer fish caught over the summer. The annual migration is expected to peak in September, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday....

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, from left, Bristol Bay Reserve Association Board member Mike LaRussa, Bristol Bay Native Association President/CEO Ralph Andersen, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association Executive Director Andy Wink, United Tribes of Bristol Bay Deputy Director Lindsay Layland, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Norm Van Vactor, and Robin Samuelson of Bristol Bay Native Corporation, make statements at the Federal Courthouse in Anchorage, Alaska. The Trump administration plans to block a proposed copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in Alaska, six people described as familiar with its plans told Politico on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2020. The administration's rejection of the Pebble Mine project is expected to come after Trump faced pressure to stop it from GOP mega-donor Andy Sabin, Bass Pro Shops CEO Johnny Morris and his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., Politico re

Report: Trump administration to block proposed Alaska mine

Aug. 22, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

The Trump administration plans to block a proposed copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in Alaska, six people described as familiar with its plans told Politico on Saturday. The administration's rejection of the Pebble Mine project is expected to come after Trump faced pressure...

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2018, file photo, shows the Yellow Pine Pit open-pit gold mine in the Stibnite Mining District in central Idaho, where a company hopes to start mining again. A Canadian company that is seeking U.S. approval for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho is suing the U.S. government contending U.S. officials are allowing water pollution at the heavily-mined site in violation of environmental laws. British Columbia-based Midas Gold filed the lawsuit Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, against the U.S. Forest Service under the citizen enforcement provision of the Clean Water Act. (Riley Bunch//The Idaho Press-Tribune via AP, File)

Canadian mining company sues US over Idaho water pollution

Aug. 19, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Canadian company seeking U.S. approval for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho is suing the U.S. government, contending U.S. officials are allowing water pollution at the already heavily mined site in violation of environmental laws. British Columbia-based Midas Gold filed the...