Joseph Friedrichs – New West
Oregon’s coastal coho salmon have once again been placed on the endangered species list, after a recent ruling that found scientific evidence didn’t support delisting the fish.
According to an article in today’s Oregonian, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, a federal agency charged with restoring Northwest salmon, found the fish aren’t as resilient as they believed.
Coho were listed as threatened between 1998 and 2004, then was taken off the list in 2006 when NOAA Fisheries ruled that the coho are “not likely to become endangered” in the foreseeable future, the Oregonian reported.
More than a million coho once filled coastal rivers and streams, but similar to a dozen other spices of salmon in the Pacific Northwest, those numbers have declined dramatically.
As a result of Monday’s announcement, the federal protections could slow logging and other development along coastal rivers and streams where coho spawn.