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Influence of Climate on Young Salmon Provides Clues to Future of World’s Largest Sockeye Run

New insight on how climate drives salmon survival provides key information for sustainable management and resilient fishing communities.
April 08, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Photo of two red and green, breeding adult sockeye salmon in a river with gravel bottom Adult sockeye salmon. Credit: Masahide Kaeriyama, Hokkaido University.

Saving Sockeye Salmon in the Pacific Northwest

Northwest Fisheries Science Center biologist Carlin McAuley spent 29 years running the Redfish Lake Sockeye Captive Broodstock Program.
February 22, 2021 - Feature Story ,
NWFSC scientist on left releasing a mature captive sockeye into Redfish Lake for volitional spawning. Pictured with Jeff Heindel (left), an Idaho Department of Fish and Game employee.

Warming Poses “Catastrophic” Threat to Snake River Sockeye

Depressed survival likely to decline by another 80 percent, projections show.
September 30, 2020 - Feature Story ,
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Once Nearly Extinct, Endangered Idaho Sockeye Regaining Fitness Advantage

Endangered Snake River sockeye salmon are regaining the fitness of their wild ancestors, with naturally spawned juvenile sockeye migrating to the ocean and returning as adults at a much higher rate than others released from hatcheries.
November 24, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Observed sockeye salmon redds in Redfish Lake from 1999 to present.

Genetic Diversity of Captive Broodstock Program for Redfish Lake Sockeye

Despite an extreme bottleneck that nearly decimated the Redfish Lake sockeye population in the early 1990s, the captive broodstock program retained 95% of the population’s genetic diversity.
August 08, 2012 - Feature Story ,
Redfish Lake salmon