Salmon

A salmon swims in a river

Salmon

Salmon are anadromous, which means they are born in freshwater, spend most of their lives in saltwater, and return to freshwater to spawn. Because of this life history, they are affected by a wide variety of factors in the ocean and on land, including ocean and climatic conditions, dams, habitat loss, urbanization, agricultural and logging practices, water diversion, and predators (including humans). Salmon are an important source of spiritual and physical sustenance for Northwest Indian tribes, and they are culturally important to many other residents of the Northwest.

Because salmon migrate so far when in the ocean, managing ocean salmon fisheries is an extremely complex task.

Upcoming Council Meeting

June Council meeting

Jun 8–14, 2022

Vancouver, WA

Hilton Vancouver Washington 301 W. Sixth Street Vancouver, WA 98660 USA Phone: 360-993-4500

A shallow, rocky creek flows into a larger river, surrounded by trees

Contacts

Robin Ehlke
503.820.2410
Robin.Ehlke@noaa.gov