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Wild Salmon Recovery in the Western United States: Four Facts and a Corollary

 Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Salmon

For more than 160 years there have been concerted efforts to recover salmon runs. During the past three decades, the number and cost of formal recovery efforts for wild salmon have substantially increased in large part in response to requirements of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

While using hatcheries to sustain relatively large salmon runs is plausible — although technically challenging — the requirements of the ESA relative to wild salmon has made the role of hatcheries in sustaining or increasing runs legally contentious.

In my interactions with professional colleagues over many years, they agree — usually only when speaking unofficially — that current efforts will not successfully recover wild salmon to abundances that would assure self-sustainability and support sizable sport and commercial harvest. Such a level of abundance, at best, would still be a third or more of the typical pre- 1850 run size.

Even with the very large expenditures to recover wild salmon, what is it that pushes the most knowledgeable people to the stunning conclusion that these well-meaning efforts will fail?

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RNRF Announces Recipients of Annual Awards

RNRF is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual awards in Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Journalism.


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development's Regional Program on Transboundary Landscapes is the Recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Since 2013, ICIMOD's Transboundary Landscapes program has been advocating the use of the landscape approach, which delineates areas based on shared ecosystems instead of administrative boundaries, for managing biodiversity. By facilitating cooperation based on individual ownership of shared ecosystems between countries within the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, the landscape approach fosters multi-stakeholder dialogue and analysis.


"Saving America’s Broken Prairie" is the Recipient of the Excellence in Journalism Award. 

In "Saving America's Broken Prairie," freelance journalist David J. Unger sought to determine if delicate prairie ecosystems can be preserved even as the prairie continues to feed billions of people. To answer this question, Unger went to North Dakota to record what he thought was the region's defining story: The shale oil boom and bust that has reshaped the heartland's economy and upended energy geopolitics everywhere. But he soon discovered that oil is just one part of a great transformation now underway in North America's Great Plains and Central Lowlands, the likes of which has not been seen since the Dust Bowl...

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What's new . . .


2018 Congress on Ocean Policy on December 6, in Washington, D.C.
Registration opens mid-August.
Find out more here.


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