April 21, 2011

Salmon Recovery 2011

School of salmon in a river shallows

After decades of litigation, Federal District Judge James Redden is poised to hear oral arguments on recovery plans for endangered Pacific Northwest salmon, including the Idaho sockeye.

Today, many Pacific Northwest salmon populations are already extinct, and several others, including the Idaho sockeye, are endangered. Fish hatcheries across the region, including those in Idaho, have become surrogates for rivers and streams, incubating salmon eggs and carefully controlling their reproduction.

Host Joan Cartan-Hansen and her guests preview the issues before the court and discuss the current state of salmon recovery in the Northwest.

Guests include Tom Stuart, Idaho Rivers United board member; Vincent Kozakiewicz from the Bureau of Reclamation; Russ Thurow of the U.S. Forest Service; and Jim Norton, a filmmaker whose documentary, "Salmon: Running the Gauntlet," will air Sunday May 1, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT, as part of PBS' Nature series.