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These are steelhead salmon smolts (Oncorhynchus mykiss) being raised at a hatchery. They will soon be transported to release streams in the hope that some of them will survive their migration to the sea; but the heavily dammed Columbia river and its tributaries have become an obstacle course for several imperiled species. In addition the Native Americans, to whom the salmon runs are crucial, find fishing very poor. (US: Threatened)

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Steelhead trout smolt in a high stream along the Salmon River Mountains of Idaho.

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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 “fish ladder,” designed to move salmon smolts past dams on 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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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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Salmon smolts are piped from the hatchery, barged past dams and released at the sea.

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

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Salmon smolts raised at the Hagerman Nat’l Fish Hatchery in ID for release into the Columbia R.

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Salmon smolts raised at the Hagerman Nat’l Fish Hatchery in ID for release into the Columbia R.

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