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August 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Salmon recovery: Don’t cut back on dam spills

Part of a catch that once would have been unimaginable, more than 400 sockeye salmon are pulled from the net on one pass by the Dream Catcher, , a purse seiner operated by the tribes near the mouth of the Okanogan River’s confluence with the Columbia. (BETTINA HANSEN / The Seattle Times)

While the return of Okanogan sockeye is cause for optimism, a main driver of this recovery, court-ordered spill at federal projects, has a more doubtful future ["On Columbia, ‘just add water’ seems to be working," Local News, Aug. 2].

As reporter Lynda Mapes alludes in her article, and as the accompanying graphic clearly illustrates, exponential increases in sockeye, which began in 2007, coincide with then-federal District Judge James Redden’s order to dedicate more Columbia River water for


Comments | More in salmon | Topics: Columbia River, James Redden, Okanogan

May 19, 2014 at 12:10 PM

A high fish-consumption rate would result in unattainable goals

With regard to increasing the fish-consumption rate in this state, one critical fact is never mentioned: There is no way that reducing the discharge of certain pollutants would reduce their concentrations in fish to acceptable levels [“Protect water and health by updating state’s fish-consumption rate,” Opinion, May 16]. Virtually no fish in the world…


Comments | More in Environment | Topics: fish-consumption rate, Lawrence McCrone, PCBs

March 20, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Thanks for supporting salmon recovery

We disagree with the guest editorial by Timothy Male [“U.S. is overspending to save salmon,” Opinion, March 18].

Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, along with the other members of the Washington state congressional delegation, should be commended for their ongoing support of salmon recovery.

Salmon are a critical component of Pacific Coast ecosystems and of our cultural heritage. They are a focus for recreation, and have supported rural communities stretching from Northern California to Alaska for generations.

Our federal government made promises to Northwest Indian tribes through treaties guaranteeing access to fish indefinitely, and rivers without fish amount to empty promises.


Comments | More in animals, Environment | Topics: salmon, salmon recovery

June 6, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Bristol Bay construction

Protect jobs Your editorial about Bristol Bay and the Pebble copper mine was biased and naive [“Editorial: Protect Bristol Bay,” Opinion, June 2]. The environment absolutely needs protection, but people need jobs, too. You completely ignored a study that shows Pebble could create 16,000 high-paying jobs across the country, and because the supplies would mostly be…


Comments | Topics: Alaska, Bristol Bay, copper

June 5, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Bristol Bay construction

Bay is sustainable, creates jobs I appreciate that The Seattle Times recognizes the incredible economic contributions and jobs of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery and how much that means to Washington state [“Editorial: Protect Bristol Bay,” Opinion, June 2]. The Times calls it right when it says Bristol Bay’s American jobs and sustainable natural environment…


Comments | Topics: Alaska, Bristol Bay, fishing

April 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Court ruling to repair fish habitat affects tribes

Olympia needs to uphold tribal rights Billy Frank Jr., the chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, has been fighting for his people’s rights for decades. In Monday’s front-page article “Tribes’ win may flow beyond culverts,” a U.S. district judge upheld tribal-fishing rights established under the landmark 1974 Boldt decision, rights Billy Frank Jr. and…


Comments | More in Environment, Politics | Topics: Native Americans, salmon