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Dramatic decline in genetic diversity of Northwest salmon charted

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

chinook salmon wa dept fish wildlife

PULLMAN, Wash. – Columbia River Chinook salmon have lost as much as two-thirds of their genetic diversity, Washington State University researchers have found. » More …

Saving salmon in the wild – is chum the king?

Chum salmon spawning. (Photo by Thomas Kline, Salmonography)

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Chum rule. In the same toxic stormwater brew that killed coho salmon in less than three hours, their chum cousins did just fine. » More …

Earliest evidence of ancient N. American salmon fishing

chum-salmon-illustration-from-Wikipedia-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers from Alaska and Washington state have found the earliest known evidence that Ice Age humans in North America used salmon as a food source, according to a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. » More …

Free recipes featured in Colville tribal calendar


Salmon soup with wapato
and cattail shoots 



12 wapato roots, camas or small new potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

6-8 cattail shoots or asparagus, trimmed of woody exterior and sliced

6 green onions, or 8-10 wild onions

4 cups of water

5 juniper berries

1 pound of salmon steak


What is wapato



1. Place wapato roots, cattails, onions, water and juniper berries in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.

2. Decrease heat to medium and simmer … » More …

When 1 + 1 equals 100


Garden-variety pesticides add up to more than the sum of their parts when it comes to attacking the nervous systems of salmon, a newly published study finds.


Scientists at WSU and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service analyzed combinations of various pesticides to learn how they would affect juvenile salmon. Previous studies have tested pesticides individually to establish levels lethal to fish.


“We need to design new research that takes into effect the real-world situation where pesticides almost always coincide with other pesticides,” co-author Nathaniel Scholz, a research zoologist at the NOAA … » More …

Snohomish County 4-H restore salmon habitat

EVERETT – A small group of dedicated adults and children are proving  that everyone can make a difference. In this case, the proving ground is a section of Mouse Creek in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Wilderness.

WSU Snohomish County Extension 4-H will host restoration activities at Mouse Creek on Sauk Prairie Road near Darrington on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With help from the community the fourth, fifth and sixth grade 4-H members from Darrington Elementary School and Arlington’s Stilly Valley School will work to remove invasive species from the site and plant Red Alder saplings to improve and restore the stream’s … » More …

Salmon recovery and democracy discussed

The success of local decision-making in salmon recovery in Washington will be the topic of a campuswide lecture by William D. Ruckelshaus, the first and fifth administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and current chairman of the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board.“There is a massive experiment in democracy going on in our state, and it involves salmon and their survival,” said Ruckelshaus, who now lives in Seattle. “We are leaving it up to the people who share habitat with the fish to decide how to help them recover, and it is working.”Ruckelshaus’ lecture, “Salmon Recovery: A New Application of Democracy,” will run from 2-4 … » More …