Snake River chinook make the top-ten list of imperiled species

The Endangered Species Coalition in December released its annual top-ten list of imperiled species in need of greater protections to halt their decline and restore populations.

Removing the Walls to Recovery: Top 10 Species Priorities for a New Administration included the Snake River's endangered spring/summer chinook salmon, which migrate hundreds of miles from the ocean to the many river tributaries in the Snake River basin. The report highlights the need for lower Snake dam removal to restore salmon populations, a vital food source for Puget Sound orcas, and increasingly threatened by the impacts of climate change.

Snake River chinook salmon are among the longest and highest-migrating salmon on the planet, some swimming nearly 1,000 miles upstream and climbing more than 6,000 feet in elevation to reach their spawning grounds. More than 130 other species depend upon salmon, including ESA-endangered orcas.