Low runs may end Idaho salmon season early

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Idaho considers ending Snake River salmon season

Rocky Barker, The Idaho Statesman

5-03-2005

Despite bountiful runs in 2001, salmon aren't returning this year Idaho's anglers would have a banner year if Snake River spring-summer chinook succeeded only in replacing their parents this year.

Fisheries officials say it is too early to predict how this year's run will add up, but they doubt it will match the nearly 200,000 salmon that returned to the Snake River in 2001.

The optimal ocean conditions that brought record returns in 2001 — when this year's fish were hatched — have diminished. And salmon advocates and the Bush administration are battling in court over whether enough was done to help the fish during their time in the Columbia River Basin.

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http://www.idahostatesman.com/apps/pbcs.dl...S0105/505030341
 


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