U.S. halts coho salmon protection

Jan 18, 2006

The Bush administration has reportedly decided not to restore protection for coastal coho salmon that now number about 1-10th their historic population.

The administration, through the National Marine Fisheries Service, said it agrees with Oregon officials that the salmon is tough enough to do without federal protection from the Endangered Species Act, the Portland Oregonian reported Wednesday.

That means the salmon -- once a staple of coastal fishing fleets -- will remain in state hands, freeing loggers, farmers and other businesses from restrictions involved in federal protection, the newspaper said.

Opponents say a few years of favorable conditions at sea may be hiding underlying trouble for the species.

Proponents of the decision say it's a key achievement for the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, an initiative that is designed to avoid federal rules by helping the salmon at a state level. The state, among other things, has restricted coho fishing and increased efforts to restore habitat.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Earlier Stone Age artifacts found in Northern Cape of South Africa

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Washington state moves to ban copper in brake pads

Apr 12, 2010

(AP) -- When a driver hits the brakes, friction releases copper shavings that fall onto the road and are eventually washed into rivers, where environmentalists say the metal could pose a hazard to marine life - especially ...

Grape growing, fish protection clash in California

Jan 29, 2010

(AP) -- Grape growers in Northern California's cool, fertile Sonoma County wine region are stomping mad at a new plan to limit the amount of water vineyards can pump from local rivers and streams to protect crops from frost ...

Recommended for you

Narcissistic CEOs and financial performance

13 hours ago

Narcissism, considered by some as the "dark side of the executive personality," may actually be a good thing when it comes to certain financial measures, with companies led by narcissistic CEOs outperforming those helmed ...

Election surprises tend to erode trust in government

13 hours ago

When asked who is going to win an election, people tend to predict their own candidate will come out on top. When that doesn't happen, according to a new study from the University of Georgia, these "surprised losers" often ...

User comments : 0