Columbia River sockeye salmon in peril due to warm water

Sockeye salmon in the Columbia River are in peril. Generic photo: D. Young/NPS

Warm water in the Columbia River and its tributaries is causing what some are calling a “catastrophic” event that could result in up to 80 percent of the sockeye salmon dying this summer before spawning.

More than half of the sockeye salmon run of 500,000 fish in the Columbia River are already dead or dying as the cold-water fish make their way from the ocean up river to spawn, according to federal and...

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