COVER STORY: Pacific Lamprey Coming Back from the Brink

They’re not as pretty, nor as sexy as salmon. And they’re not the same kind of cultural icon as a shiny fall chinook.

But they face the same kind of environmental pressure in our Pacific Northwest river systems.

The Pacific Lamprey are a fascinating fish and they need human help.

They need that help, of course, because we’ve been making their lives miserable and decimating their populations for more than a century.

Now, they might be bouncing back a little.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allen Schauffler went up the Willamette and the Yakima rivers with tribal fisheries experts to look at the efforts to bring lamprey back from the brink.



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