WSJ: Steelhead, Salmon Comeback Is Real, But May Be Temporary

January 21, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Joel Millman reports that the steelhead numbers in Oregon’s Nehalem River are double what they were last year at this time, and that coho and chinook salmon populations seeing huge rebounds. But “today’s fish boom doesn’t necessarily signal a long-term turnaround in fish fortunes. It might simply indicate that a few generations of fish have been lucky. The main reason for the population surge, scientists here say, is a brief period of cooling in the Northern Pacific ocean in 2008.” Thanks to reader Charles Kreitler for this link.

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