Tag: Salmon

Northwest’s Salmon Population May Be Running Out of Time

Salmon begin their lives in freshwater, migrate downstream to estuaries and, eventually, the ocean, where they live for a while before returning to their natal streams to spawn. (It is estimated that less than 1 percent of salmon survive long enough to return.) Before the 20th century, an estimated 10 million to 16 million adult […]

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Sublime Salmon

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. It is the craziest time of any year, let alone the craziest year. Anything that is not explicitly connected to holiday celebration should be pretty simple to execute. I haven’t finished shopping! I haven’t wrapped presents! I haven’t even made the list of all the other things I […]

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How Scientists Tracked Down a Mass Killer (of Salmon)

The salmon were dying and nobody knew why. About 20 years ago, ambitious restoration projects had brought coho salmon back to urban creeks in the Seattle area. But after it rained, the fish would display strange behaviors: listing to one side, rolling over, swimming in circles. Within hours they would die — before spawning, taking […]

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The Majestic Alaskan Rainforest in Trump’s Crosshairs

A black bear perches in a tree to eat a salmon. Marine nitrogen from the salmon the bears bring inland is absorbed through the roots of trees in Tongass National Forest. The largest national forest in the United States, the Tongass is home to nearly a third of all that remains of the planet’s rare […]

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The Majestic Alaskan Rain Forest in Trump’s Crosshairs

A black bear perches in a tree to eat a salmon. Marine nitrogen from the salmon the bears bring inland is absorbed through the roots of trees in Tongass National Forest. The largest national forest in the U.S., the Tongass is home to nearly a third of all that remains of the planet’s rare old-growth […]

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An Alaska Mine Project Might Be Bigger Than Acknowledged

Executives overseeing the development of a long-disputed copper and gold mine in Alaska were recorded saying they expected the project to become much bigger, and operate for much longer, than outlined in the proposal that is awaiting final approval by the Army Corps of Engineers. The executives, who were recorded in remote meetings by members […]

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The Dangerous Allure of ‘Normal’ This Pandemic Summer

KASILOF, Alaska — I arrived at fish camp to find a sofa on the beach with a fire beside it, crackling inside a washing machine drum. A few hours before, I’d taken my first flight since the pandemic began — humming low in a small plane from Anchorage to the small town of Kenai. My […]

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‘The Fish Rots From the Head’: How a Salmon Crisis Stoked Russian Protests

OZERPAKH, Russia — A row of stakes hundreds of feet long pokes out of the endless estuary of the Amur River on Russia’s Pacific coast, resembling the naked spine of a giant fish. It is a piece of commercial fishing infrastructure reminding the people who still live here that nature’s wealth — in this case, […]

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It’s Trump Jr. vs. Trump Sr. Over an Alaskan Mineral Mine

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s eldest son, took a break this week from his relentless Twitter attacks on Democrats to express his concern toward a different target: his father’s administration. The younger Mr. Trump and Nick Ayers, the former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, tweeted on Tuesday their opposition to […]

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Gold vs. Salmon: Battle Over an Alaskan Mine

From the air it looks like just another tract of Alaska’s endless, roadless tundra, pockmarked with lakes and ponds, with a scattering of some of the state’s craggy mountains. But this swath of land, home to foraging bears and spawning salmon about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage, has been a battleground for years. A brown […]

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This Salmon Recipe Shines

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. My goal here is always to keep cooking simple: You need to be able to pull off these recipes after a busy day, especially if you’ve got kids at home, clanging around. But this time of year is really about keeping it simple: Summer and simplicity go hand […]

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