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Native Americans fishing for salmon on the Columbia River.

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Native Americans fishing for salmon on the Columbia River.

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Native Americans use traditional dip-netting methods to fish for salmon on the Deschuttes River, a tributary of the Columbia. They often throw back their catch of wild salmon.

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Native Americans use traditional dip-netting methods to fish for salmon on the Deschuttes River, a tributary of the Columbia. They often throw back their catch of wild salmon.

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Native Americans use traditional dip-netting methods to fish for salmon on the Deschuttes River, a tributary of the Columbia. They often throw back their catch of wild salmon.

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Native Americans use traditional dip-netting methods to fish for salmon on the Deschuttes River, a tributary of the Columbia. They often throw back their catch of wild salmon.

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Salmon fishing on the Columbia River in the Pacific northwest.

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To move salmon from hatcheries past dams on the Columbia River, the US Army Corps of Engineers has developed an elaborate system of piping and barging the fish out to sea.

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Salmon smolts are piped from the hatchery, barged past damsand released at the sea.

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A “fish ladder,” designed to move salmon smolts past dams on the Columbia River and out to sea.

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A “fish ladder,” designed to move salmon smolts past dams on the Columbia River and out to sea.

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A salmon counter at the Bonneville Dam tracks the species as it moves through the Columbia River system.

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A salmon counter at the Bonneville Dam tracks the species as it moves through the Columbia River system.

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A salmon counter at the Bonneville Dam tracks the species as it moves through the Columbia River system.

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A lucky young fisherman on the Wind River (trib. of the Columbia R.) holds up a Spring Chinook Salmon.

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Salmon heads washed up on the banks of the Columbia river at a Native American fish-cleaning site near Celilo, OR.

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Salmon heads washed up on the banks of the Columbia river at a Native American fish-cleaning site near Celilo, OR.

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Salmon heads washed up on the banks of the Columbia river at a Native American fish-cleaning site near Celilo, OR.

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A salmon counter at the Bonneville Dam tracks the species as it moves through the Columbia River system.

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A lucky young fisherman on the Wind River (trib. of the Columbia R.) holds up a Spring Chinook Salmon.

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Workers at an Idaho fish harvest eggs from a Snake River Sockeye salmon.

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A worker at an Idaho fish hatchery examines eggs from the Snake River Sockeye.

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Workers at an Idaho fish hatchery examine Snake River Sockeye salmon.

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Workers at an Idaho fish hatchery examine Snake River Sockeye salmon.

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A “fish ladder,” designed to move salmon smolts past dams on the Columbia River and out to sea.

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This Snake River Sockeye Salmon was the only fish of its species to return to spawn in Idaho that year. Hatchery workers take sperm in case females return in years to come.

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To move salmon from hatcheries past dams on the Columbia River, the US Army Corps of Engineers has developed an elaborate system of piping and barging the fish out to sea.

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To move salmon from hatcheries past dams on the Columbia River, the US Army Corps of Engineers has developed an elaborate system of piping and barging the fish out to sea.

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The US Army Corps of Engineers developed an elaborate system of barging to move salmon smolts past the hydroelectric dams of the Columbia River and out to sea.

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To move salmon from hatcheries past dams on the Columbia River, the US Army Corps of Engineers has developed an elaborate system of piping and barging the fish out to sea.

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Salmon smolts from a hatchery are released into a tributary of the Columbia R.

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