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Only wild fish matter when it comes to removal from the Endangered Species List
1. Before development of the Columbia/Snake River Basin, the annual salmon and steelhead runs on the Columbia and Snake Rivers were estimated to be 10-16 million wild fish. That's the number the Northwest Council adopted in 1987 that was arrived at by using lower river commercial catch records. The council also did an alternative method of lower river commercial catch plus upriver Indian and settler catch and came up with 12.5 to 13 million adult fish returning each year. Historically, about half of those wild salmonids were destined for the Snake River.
Actual in-river survival for juvenile salmon and steelhead
The Fish Passage Center has the actual juvenile survival numbers through the hydrosystem. The Corps of Engineers has said juvenile salmonid survival is 95 percent, the following numbers from the Fish Passage Center when compared to the Corps stated survival percentage do not match up. Why?
Juvenile Salmon/Steelhead In-River Survival Lower Granite Dam to Bonneville Dam
(source Fish Passage Center)
Wild Chinook Wild Steelhead
1994 20 percent
1995 41 percent
1996 44 percent
1997 51 percent 1997 52 percent
1998 61 percent 1998 54 percent
1999 59 percent 1999 45 percent
2000 48 percent 2000 30 percent
2001 23 percent 2001 4 percent
2002 61 percent 2002 52 percent
2003 60 percent 2003 37 percent
2004 40 percent 2004 18 percent
2005 48 percent 2005 25 percent
2006 57 percent 2006 58 percent
2007 60 percent 2007 38 percent
2008 66 percent 2008 49 percent
2009 56 percent 2009 70 percent
2010 60 percent 2010 60 percent
2011 60 percent 2011 76 percent
2012 57 percent 2012 59 percent
2013 55 percent 2013 56 percent
Snake River Links
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Visit Snake River Resurrection a coalition of diverse interests—anglers, recreationists, engineers, families, businesses and economists—advocating for fact-based, economically-sensible use of the lower Snake River. They are a force for truth and a catalyst for change, and they hold local, state and federal government agencies accountable for serving the public interest and protecting the public purse. They support revitalizing local economies, sustaining natural resources, preventing extinction of iconic Northwest species, and returning the lower Snake River to its rightful owners: the American people.
Visit Snake River Salmon Solutions where retired fisheries biologist Bert Bowler is giving Snake River salmon and steelhead a voice.
Visit Idaho Rivers United whose mission is to protect and restore the rivers of Idaho.
Visit the Idaho Conservation League who works to protect Idaho's environment
Visit Trout Unlimited an organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
Visit The Sierra Club America's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.
Visit The Friends of the Clearwater site where the friends defends the Idaho Clearwater Bioregion's wildlands and biodiversity through a forest watch program, litigation, grassroots public involvement, outreach, and education on the eastern edge of the Palouse, where the doug fir and cedar forests meet the rolling hills.
Visit Save Our Wild Salmon a nationwide coalition of conservation organizations, commercial and sportsfishing associations, businesses, river groups, and taxpayer advocates working collectively to restore self-sustaining, abundant, and harvestable populations of wild salmon and steelhead to rivers, streams and oceans of the Pacific Salmon states.
Visit Wilderness Watch is the only national organization whose sole focus is the preservation and proper stewardship of lands and rivers included in the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and National Wild & Scenic Rivers System (NWSRS).
Visit the Snake River Salmon Society, Supporting political leadership to restore wild salmon, steelhead, and native fish to the Snake River Basin, for the benefit of all in the Northwest.
Visit the Northwest Power and Conservation Council that strikes a balance between energy and the environment in the Columbia River Basin.
Visit the Fish Passage site for daily fish counts at dams
Visit the American Rivers site an organization dedicated to protecting our rivers and clean water
Visit the Native Fish Society who advocate for the conservation, protection and restoration of native fish populations in the Pacific Northwest.
Snake River Sockeye Salmon Returns by the numbers
Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook Returns by the numbers
Snake River Steelhead Returns by the numbers
Snake River Fall Chinook Returns by the numbers
It now takes 10 years to get back the same number of fish that used to return to the Columbia/Snake River Basin. And today, 75-80 percent or more of the returning fish are hatchery fish. Wild salmon and steelhead are endangered and threatened and only their recovery matters if they are to be removed from the Endangered Species List.