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Dry conditions fuel salmon die-off on Oregon coast

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ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- Extremely dry conditions have triggered a die-off of fall chinook salmon on Oregon’s north coast.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that two months of low rainfall have created conditions that make the adult fish more vulnerable to a parasite. Experts say river flows in some areas have dropped to just 10% of normal.

State wildlife officials found at least 200 dead fish in the Wilson River near Tillamook and similar numbers of dead salmon were also discovered on the Nehalem, Trask and Kilchis rivers.

All fishing for fall chinook between the Nestucca to Necanicum rivers, including bays, is closed. 

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The Associated Press



  1. This is a result of the logging practices in the coast range. The log down to the stream beds, not leaving any cover to cool the streams. The water heats up, evaporates and this is the result.

  2. …..OBP also said this situation (that has happened before) would affect next year’s Salmon run. It just show that the man-bun/soy boi folk at OPB don’t do ‘outdoorsy’ man-stuff

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