Conflicting reports over fish - While one states bull trout spending set in the millions, the other tells of largest run of chum salmon since 1913


ESAinfo forwarded these two short stories have stark contrast in their content. #1 discusses a federal proposal for potentially huge spending on bull trout habitat over the next 25 years, and #2 reports the largest fall run of chum salmon in the Puget Sound since 1913.

These two stories were reported less than two weeks apart.

Although Bull Trout are not Chum Salmon, it is nevertheless interesting to get such radically different reports of the condition of two different fish living in the same streams/rivers at the same time.

Short Article #1:
Recovery Plan Proposed for Threatened Trout

From the LA Times Wire Reports

Nov. 15, 2002

Pushed by a lawsuit, the federal government proposed a recovery plan and critical habitat for the threatened bull trout that covers 10% of the rivers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Following the settlement of a lawsuit brought by Montana environmental groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it plans to designate 18,468 miles of streams and 532,721 acres of lakes and reservoirs as critical.

The agency estimates that it will take 25 years and $500 million to restore bull trout to sustainable populations.

Short Article #2:

November 30, 2002 No. 134

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE THIS YEAR EXPECTS THE LARGEST fall run of Puget Sound chum salmon since 1913. (NW Fishletter, Nov. 26)

Biologists predicts about 3 million chum salmon will return this fall, including 800,000 to the Hood Canal, 600,000 to the Stillaguamish and Snohomish river systems, and 300,000 to the Skagit River.


If you know of any spending on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to the salmon/trout species in the NW and northern California on public or private projects (even $1.00), please submit your ESA Cost Data stories at (or review other stories)

Please Pass On!!

Gary Wiggins, PE
Snohomish, WA (moving to Arizona soon)
Cell 425-750-9894



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