November 29, 2021

Delivering Schools of Salmon: A lifelong investment in wildlife conservation

Fish Eggs to Fry is an educational program of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) that provides salmon and trout eggs to schools for fostering in classroom aquariums. Students get to watch up close as salmon eggs hatch and grow to fry right before their eyes before being released into local waterways.
October 21, 2021

Reflecting on this Year’s Accomplishments

A new survey conducted on behalf of a coalition of environmental groups found a majority of Washington state voters are open to an effort to restore salmon runs by breaching the Lower Snake River dams while replacing the energy, transportation and irrigation they provide.
July 6, 2021

Steelheaders Secure Key Salmon Protections during Oregon’s 2021 Legislative Session

The 2021 Oregon legislative session has officially ended and overall, we were largely successful in securing the key bills and amendments we wanted. We negotiated an amendment legally tying the Columbia River Endorsement fee to a requirement that ODFW keep non-tribal commercial gill nets off the lower Columbia River and publish an annual accounting of what ODFW used the endorsement funding for. Also, after three long years, Board members Tim Lenihan and Bob Oleson got our bill to enhance fishing access for veteran’s angling programs signed into law. We also secured amendments to require weirs on private property are constructed from natural materials and ensured that material from ditch maintenance cannot be dumped into undisturbed wetlands, strengthen the Conservation and Recreation Fund, secure funding for stream restoration and fish screening, and expand the wildlife inspection station program.
June 14, 2021

This Summer Could Shape the Future of Pacific Northwest Salmon

The spring summer Chinook adult salmon returns weren’t enough to support a fishing season on the Clearwater River in Idaho. Now, as we head into summer, over 70% of the state is in severe or extreme drought, and lack of snowpack has many of our streams flowing with only 25% of the water they usually have this time of year. The summer isn't looking good for salmon.
May 21, 2021

Murray and Inslee Commit to Urgent Salmon Solutions, Offer No Clear Path or Timeline Amid Extinction Crisis

Reps. Simpson and Blumenauer, and many Tribes across the Basin, are having conversations about how best to restore endangered salmon and invest in modernizing our energy and transportation infrastructure. Now, with Sen. Murray and Gov. Inslee’s commitments to find an urgent solution, we need them to engage in this public conversation and finesse the details of a legislative funding package on an aggressive timeline as so many salmon runs swim into an extinction vortex.
May 17, 2021

Fish Carcasses Sustain Hatcheries and Habitat

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) produces 57 million hatchery fish each year. Currently, surplus fish are prioritized for enriching nutrient concentrations on the spawning grounds, sustaining tribal ceremonial purposes, and supporting egg and carcass businesses. However, the Oregon legislature is currently considering a bill (HB 3191A) that would re-prioritize what ODFW does with returning hatchery fish. This bill would require at least 50% of all returning hatchery fish to be returned to spawning grounds.
February 22, 2021

Statesman Journal Opinion: Take Dam Proposal Seriously

Jack Glass has been guiding fishing trips in the Columbia Basin since 1983 with his company, Team Hookup Guide Service. He is a long-time advocate for salmon and steelhead recovery with over 40 years of experience on the water and more than 20 years advocating to free the lower Snake River. He published an opinion piece in the Statesman Journal on February 19, 2020 highlighting the need for the recreational angling community to engage in Representative Simpson's historic effort to restore Snake River salmon and steelhead.
February 22, 2021

Daily Astorian Opinion: Sea Change

Chris Hager is the executive director of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders. He was also appointed by Gov. Brown to serve on the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee and volunteers with the local chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. He recently com/opinion/letters/letter-sea-published an opinion piece in the Daily Astorian on February 20, 2021 highlighting the need for the recreational angling community to engage in Representative Simpson's historic effort to restore Snake River salmon and steelhead.