A Million Chum Salmon Once Returned To Columbia River, Now Down To 20,000; WDFW Recovery Plan Aims To ‘Jump Start’ Population Rebuilding

Chum salmon, now listed as threatened, once returned to the Columbia River in huge numbers, with half a million to a million fish every year spawning in tributaries from near the river’s mouth and as far up the river as Celilo Falls, which was inundated when The Dalles Dam was built just downstream.

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