4 I. "Salmon"

Today there are now more fish then there were before dams were constructed on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. 

 Then you may ask what is the problem,  the hatchery fish are not counted.


" Salmon Restoration Theme "

I thought the following picture and quote summed this up quite well.

“As the light changed from red to green to yellow and back to red again, I sat there thinking about life.  Was it nothing more than a bunch of honking and yelling?  Sometimes it seemed that way.”

– Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey



For every 10 salmon returning to spawn, 6 are taken by Ocean Harvest, 2 are reserved for "Tribal Nets", 1 is killed by Predators, and only 1 will have the chance to Spawn, all this occurs before there are any dams to be breached or removed.

Today there are now more fish then there were before dams were constructed on the Snake and Columbia Rivers.

Yearly Totals of Salmonids Counted Over Bonneville Dam

1938-1993

 

YearChinookSteelheadSockeyeCohoChumPinkTotal
1938271,779107,00375,04016,1852,1170471,144
1939286,189122,03273,38214,3831,1680497,154
1940391,587185,174148,80711,9171,7290739,214
1941461,443118,08965,74117,9115,2694739,214
1942401,942151,80055,46412,4021,86511623,484
1943313,12392,13339,8452,5477880448,186
1944240,764100,07215,0724,2079541361,516
1945297,476120,1339,5017907281428,631
1946446,052142,80774,3763,8981,1782668,313
1947480,377135,444171,13911,1741993798,336
1948419,555139,062131,5414,0813,6362697,877
1949277,697119,28551,4441,0042,0286451,464
1950357,375114,08777,99310,1511,0698560,083
1951331,788140,689169,4285,2011,0447648,157
1952420,879260,990184,6457,7681,5059875,69
1953332,479223,914235,21513,0181,72810896,354
1954320,947176,260130,1074,0621,5694632,949
1955359,853198,411237,7483,7253189800,064
1956300,917131,116156,4186,1276934595,000
1957403,286139,18382,1954,67556912630,640
1958426,419131,437122,3893,6734556684,379
1959345,028129,02686,5602,69590522564,237
1960256,049113,67659,7133,2681,0260433,732
1961281,980139,71917,1113,45689612443,174
1962286,625164,02528,17914,7881,01327494,557
1963278,560129,41860,31912,65873934481,129
1964344,122117,25299,85653,60263245615,809
1965317,957186,45355,12576,03249664613,127
1966340,111143,661156,66171,89187258712,254
1967366,237121,872144,15896,48835250729,157
1968341,154106,974108,20763,4887921619,923
1969507,543140,78259,63649,37814386757,000
1970384,780113,51070,76280,116209150649,527
1971405,702193,96687,44775,98929176763,309
1972394,456185,88656,32365,923151702,849
1973398,635157,82358,97954,6094312670,101
1974366,759137,05443,83760,955232608,630
1975425,58685,54058,21258,30711309627,744
1976507,773124,17743,61153,150112728,724
1977366,657193,43799,82919,408170679,348
1978394,600104,43118,43652,590280570,085
1979276,306113,97952,62845,328123483,265
1980245,518129,25458,88222,052440455,750
1981285,650159,27056,03730,510420531,491
1982322,809157,64050,21973,832120604,512
1983244,346218,439100,54515,1735052578,605
1984324,425315,580152,54129,487648822,085
1985463,873343,987166,34056,857971471,031,301
1986570,881379,89158,123130,85377231,139,848
1987547,494303,081116,99327,63514720995,370
1988494,025279,07279,71439,620606892,444
1989416,117287,79841,88439,2811612785,108
1990340,990183,02749,58124,845260598,469
1991274,822274,54576,48164,0575550690,260
1992256,299314,97584,99218,1263924674,455
1993277,657188,38680,17811,1731715557,985
Total20,193,5559,467,1534,946,3091,756,08738,7942,12036,404,900
1984-1993 Average396,638287,03290,68344,2495581818,738

 

This information is provided by U.S. Conservation : http://www.usconservation.org/html/fishtotals.html


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