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In the Wake of Malheur, Klamath Dam Protests are Troubling

While Small, a Recent Protest of the Klamath Dam Removal Project Highlights Lingering Conflict

Klamath Dam by Will Jukes

The announcement of an unprecedented effort to remove four dams from the Klamath River was met with general enthusiasm, getting positive mentions from local conservationists as well as more mainstream outlets like National Geographic and the San Francisco Chronicle.  Including this site. But some farmers, ranchers and right wing activists were less enthused, an on April 19th gathered outside the Siskiyou County Courthouse to protest the deal.  The plan, which will free up over 400 miles of steelhead habitat in Northern California and Southern Oregon, will also drain the reservoirs that currently supply irrigation water to much of the surrounding area.  The government has guaranteed that water will be provided from other sources, but the protestors, egged on by conspiracy theories and militia rhetoric, were unconvinced. Continue reading In the Wake of Malheur, Klamath Dam Protests are Troubling

FDA Approves GMO Salmon: What Does This Mean for Wild Fish?

Farming GMO Salmon Could Help Preserve Wild Salmon Populations, or Drive Them to Extinction

By Debbie Kay

This is a follow up to the November 2015 article we published regarding the FDA agreeing to approve the genetically modified salmon.  Created by one company, Aquagenics, these gmo salmonAtlantic salmon are born of eggs from Prince Edward Island, raised in Panama, and imported to the US.  Their main GMO superpower?  Growing to adult size in two years, instead of the typical five or more.  Though this scenario does not pose risks other than those that many already see with farmed Atlantic salmon, risks like accidental introduction into Pacific waters, it opens the door for more GMO companies to create what some have dubbed “frankenfish.”  Here’s a look at this phenomenon and the particular areas of concern that could cause trouble for wild fish: Continue reading FDA Approves GMO Salmon: What Does This Mean for Wild Fish?

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Reintroduction? Deschutes River Project (part two)

Part Two: Fishermen’s Pleas for the Deschutes River Wild Fish

by Terry Otto

Will the Deschutes River’s world-class wild fisheries be the price of reintroduction?

Every bit as legendary as the Clark’s Fork, the Umpqua, or the ACM_DeschutesCanyon_redsides_2015_3 (2)Yellowstone, the Deschutes River in central Oregon is one of the west’s best wild trout fisheries, and anglers worldwide have dreamt of one day framing a perfect cast over the river against the background of the rugged sage-filled canyon. Continue reading Reintroduction? Deschutes River Project (part two)

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Reintroduction project hurting Deschutes River wild fish?

Part one: What Price for Deschutes River Salmon Reintroduction?

By Terry Otto

Is a well-meaning reintroduction project actually hurting the wild fish of the Deschutes River?

Greg McMillan of Bend, OR, was looking forward to more fishing trips after retiring in August of 2011. However, when he arrived at the Deschutes River he was surprised at what he found. “There were Deschutesalliance_3no caddis,” he says. “There were no caddis hanging in the trees, there were no caddis hatching, and at that time of year there should have been a lot.” Other anglers were scratching their heads, too. Something was wrong with the river, but what? Continue reading Reintroduction project hurting Deschutes River wild fish?

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