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As Columbia River Fishing Shuts Down, NW Considers How to Save Salmon


Wednesday, April 13, 2022   

Salmon-season restrictions on the Columbia River are prompting regionwide discussions on what can be done to save the fish in the Northwest.

Bob Rees, executive director of the Northwest Guides and Anglers Association, said the recent closure on the Columbia is hurting rural communities in the region, and added that a similar story is playing out in Idaho.

"There hasn't been incredible restrictions on spring chinook, but they've also had very limited opportunity in recent years," he said. "But what's killed - I mean decimated - that Idaho rural economy are the summer steelhead that come back in October and November and December."

Rees said the four lower Snake River dams are hurting numbers both of Columbia River salmon and salmon upstream in Idaho. He said he's convinced removing the dams would bring recovery of fish populations. Opponents of dam removal say they're important for hydropower, as well as barging and irrigation in the agriculture sector.

Rees said there are solutions on the table. U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, proposed a plan in 2021 that addresses dam-removal issues for the farming and energy industries.

"He and his staff spent well over a year producing a plan that would keep those communities whole while removing those four lower Snake River dams, to dramatically increase salmon populations and stave off extinction in the Snake River basin," Rees said.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee also have said they'll release an actionable plan to replace the four lower Snake River dams by July. Rees warned leaders to act fast to save these species.

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