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November 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Salmon recovery: Ocean conditions are key

The guest column  “How to boost salmon populations” [Opinion, Nov. 6]  gives most of the credit for recent high returns of fall salmon and steelhead to increased spillage of water over dams.

However, the data from the last few years indicate that ocean conditions were largely responsible for increased returns. It’s one thing to get juvenile salmon to the ocean, but another for them to have abundant food once they’re there.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, wishing to maintain the four lower Snake River dams as long as possible, have blamed fish-eating birds in the Columbia River estuary for previous low returns of salmon and steelhead, and are planning to reduce the number of double-crested Cormorants by shooting, despite the current high returns.

Herbert Curl Jr., Seattle

Comments | More in salmon | Topics: Columbia River, dams, Herbert Curl Jr.

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