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Tag: salmon

June
22nd

DAMS: Tacoma Power backs power grab

Tacoma Power has successfully worked with stakeholders on the Skokomish, Nisqually and Cowlitz rivers to balance the needs of its dams with the needs of tribes, salmon and local residents. Our communities and the utility have both celebrated the victories that collaboration has brought, such as the state-of-the-art fish ladder on the North Fork Skokomish River that The News Tribune highlighted in an article last month.

However, Tacoma Power recently signed onto a letter supporting legislation that would reverse the federal court decision (Tacoma v. FERC) that led to the successful restoration on the North Fork Skokomish River, among

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Oct.
15th

SALMON: Improve dam for White River fish

Each year, taxpayers spend more than $150 million on salmon restoration in the streams around Puget Sound. For too long the decrepit Buckley Dam and its antiquated fish passage facility on the White River have undermined this significant investment, threatening the survival and recovery of Puget Sound chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout.

A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, must upgrade both the fish passage system and the dam itself by 2020 in order to protect salmon and comply with the Endangered Species Act.

Washington’s congressional delegation must

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Oct.
3rd

SALMON: Support balance between fish and economy

Re: “There’s good news and bad news for Northwest’s salmon” (Viewpoint, 9-22).

We agree with Bill Arthur and Sara Patton that this year’s record run of adult fall chinook is great news for the fish and for all of us who treasure the Columbia and Snake rivers. But we disagree that there is “bad” news.

This is the largest return of fall chinook since counting began at Bonneville Dam in 1939. It is proof that the restoration effort by federal and state agencies and tribes – as well as the families and businesses shouldering the costs – is paying

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Sep.
19th

SALMON: Bristol Bay battle is far from over

I was happy to hear news of mining giant Anglo American’s plans to throw in in the towel and depart the Pebble Limited Partnership. I have spent many years commercial fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and I can say without doubt that the Pebble mine would be nothing but bad news for the Bristol Bay fishing industry.

Unfortunately, the fight to protect Bristol Bay’s $1.5 billion per year salmon fishery is far from over. At the same time Anglo American announced its departure, the remaining principal (Northern Dynasty Minerals) made clear that it intends to continue with the permitting

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Aug.
5th

FISHING: Browns Point parking limit is unfair

Every other year, a million pink salmon enter Puget Sound and run smack into Browns Point. Hundreds of fishermen also head there to catch them.

Up to now, they have been able to park along the streets wherever they could. This year someone decided to disallow parking on the streets. Fishermen are being told they have to park with both wheels off the pavement. That equates to “no fishing.”

Residents have constructed barriers preventing fishermen from parking legally off the road, so police are ticketing cars. Recently my 11-year-old son and I were able to find a spot in Lighthouse

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May
7th

SALMON: Alaska mine would hurt fish runs

I was excited to see The News Tribune cover the updates on the national debate over the Pebble Mine development in Bristol Bay, Alaska (thenewstribune.com, 4-26).

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency’s updated watershed assessment confirmed that the proposed large-scale mine is completely incompatible with the most abundant salmon fishery on Earth. The toxic Pebble project will destroy Lake Iliamna, the largest undeveloped lake in America. Leaching toxic wastes into Bristol Bay’s watersheds, this project will poison the viable habitat into perpetuity.

The EPA’s report found limitless science to prove this is the wrong place for a mine. The most

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Jan.
16th

SALMON: New taxes won’t get results

Re: “We aren’t doing enough to protect, restore state’s salmon runs” (Viewpoint, 1-15).

David Troutt writes that “Now is the time to explore creative options and start doing what we need to do to restore our salmon and heal Puget Sound.”

Unfortunately, his opinion on how to do this is by coming up with new and inventive taxes. This solution has been tried time and again with very few results for the salmon but good results for those who wish to manage these new-found funds.

March
8th

SALMON: Problem isn’t with ‘Frankenfish’

Re: “Murray fights ‘Frankenfish’” (TNT, 3-7).

If the state Department of Fisheries does not address the issue of the stellar and California sea lions decimating native salmon populations, we will soon have no wild salmon for Sen. Patty Murray to worry about.

The problem has everything to do with habitat and management of the resource, as Alaska Sen. Mark Begich suggests. I’m tired of seeing the finger pointed at Canada, the Indian tribes and commercial fishing interests. The blame belongs in Olympia.

As for myself – an avid sports fisherman – I no longer buy a Washington state fishing license.

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