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Most Northwesterners know that salmon faithfully return to the very stream (or pond) in which they are hatched. And these sockeye are determined: they travel over 500 miles roundtrip to the ocean and back to their natal home—and pass 9 dams to do so.
According to the Associated Press, biologists credit the huge return to "habitat improvements ..., improved dam operations, and favorable ocean conditions."
More than 400,000 sockeye are expected to return this year—and "nearly all" are wild, rather than hatchery fish—what a fantastic piece of environmental news!
Welcome back home, Salmon; we're glad to see you!