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Fishing for Wild Salmon in Alaska

By Rowan Jacobsen, "Swimming Upstream," March/April 2012

Alaska’s wild salmon have been heralded as healthy, tasty and sustainable. Even better news, they’re back in record numbers. Here’s why.


READER'S COMMENT:
"I love Salmon but can't bring myself to buy it after Fukushima..the waters are contaminated now. "
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Encouraging article! I read in the book FOUR FISH that most rivers in southern Alaska are actually "stocked," which kinda depressed me. Is this true?

On the plus side, I was in eastern WA a year ago and chatted with Pacific NW National Laboratory's head of environmental research. His group had been studying three (smaller) dams in the area to check the salmon "pass-through" rate. They surgically implanted transmitters in tens of thousands of salmon and then monitored them as they negotiated the ladders. I was thrilled to learn that the pass-through rate is in the mid-90s, percentage-wise, and that the study will soon be expanded to include seven dams. Maybe some of the damage done to the WA salmon fishery can be undone...

Anonymous

06/07/2012 - 10:54am

I love Salmon but can't bring myself to buy it after Fukushima..the waters are contaminated now.

Anonymous

11/18/2013 - 6:30pm



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