Fish

Standing sentinel over the Umpqua River’s steelhead
Standing sentinel over the Umpqua River’s steelhead
A Buddhist fly-angler in Oregon protects fish from death by dynamite.
The disappearance of Washington’s orca whales
The disappearance of Washington’s orca whales
The endangered whales are at a 30-year low, tied to depressed chinook salmon runs.
‘Helpless and culpable’ while fishing the pink’s peak run
‘Helpless and culpable’ while fishing the pink’s peak run
2017 Bell Prize runner-up: A writer reflects on salmon as symbol.
Photos: Canada’s coal flows into Montana’s streams
Photos: Canada’s coal flows into Montana’s streams
Can U.S. pressure change a toxic legacy along this selenium-polluted river?
Without a drought, California takes stock
Without a drought, California takes stock
Infrastructure issues, dry wells and other troubles still linger across the Golden State.
Where the wild things swim — again
Where the wild things swim — again
In a borderlands river, improved water quality allows an endangered fish to return.
House Republicans want to ‘repeal and replace’ the ESA
House Republicans want to ‘repeal and replace’ the ESA
After attempts to chip away at the law bill by bill, Utah Rep. Rob Bishop says he’d rather scrap the Endangered Species Act altogether.
An argument against fish hatcheries
An argument against fish hatcheries
‘Planting fish’ doesn’t solve the problems that led to the need to plant them in the first place.
Victor and the Fish
Victor and the Fish
A new short story imagines a grim future for western Montana.
Will a dam save the pallid sturgeon, or doom it?
Will a dam save the pallid sturgeon, or doom it?
On the Yellowstone River, farmers and conservationists clash over controversial infrastructure.
What is a chub, really?
What is a chub, really?
In Arizona, three native chub species were reclassified as one, raising concerns about the management of the species.
Coastal urbanization could boost biodiversity
Coastal urbanization could boost biodiversity
Environmental DNA surveys found higher diversity of clams and mud-dwelling species in populated Puget Sound.
On borders, north and south
On borders, north and south
How the natural world challenges human notions of division.
After thousands of fish die in the Yellowstone River, officials lift boating bans
After thousands of fish die in the Yellowstone River, officials lift boating bans
Stretches of the river remain closed as officials scramble to save the iconic fishery.
How to share a dammed river
How to share a dammed river
Boaters are joining wildlife advocates, farmers and power companies to parcel out each cubic foot of Western rivers.
Salmon supporters win again in court
Salmon supporters win again in court
Washington will have to fix up culverts that block fish passage.
Columbia River ‘shadow tribes’ face a housing crisis
Columbia River ‘shadow tribes’ face a housing crisis
The feds have promised lodging at traditional fish camps — but haven’t delivered.
The family legacy of fishing
The family legacy of fishing
In a day on the river, a grandfather and grandson find joy despite the lack of fish.
New restrictions on Oregon floodplain development
New restrictions on Oregon floodplain development
Some see the changes as reform of a troubled program, and others as an example of bureaucratic overreach.
Salmon power
Salmon power
A historic legal victory could give Alaska tribes more control over their fish, wildlife and homelands.
Will the feds change course on Columbia River management?
Will the feds change course on Columbia River management?
In May, a judge struck down a fifth plan — and demanded a new approach.
Glacier National Park reshuffles native trout
Glacier National Park reshuffles native trout
The move will protect species at risk from climate change and invasive fish in new habitats.
Thousands of fish die in Colorado, amid flood recovery projects
Thousands of fish die in Colorado, amid flood recovery projects
Concrete used to rebuild bridges on the Front Range appears to be the culprit for the deaths of 5,600 trout and other fish.