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Wild Fish Conservancy

Salmon Fish Traps the Future?

Back in the 19th century, salmon fish traps brought in big hauls of Columbia River salmon. Retooled for the 21st century, could they be part of a more sustainable future for commercial harvests?  CATHLAMET, Wahkiakum County — More than eight decades after their demise, salmon fish traps are getting a fresh look from researchers convinced they offer a more sustainable way to catch Columbia River salmon. These traps are formed by nets attached to pilings that gently guide the fish into a kind of underwater corral. Wild fish protected under the federal Endangered Species Act can be released to...