• Sport anglers earn money to reduce pikeminnow predation on juvenile salmon

    Northern pikeminnow consume millions of young salmon and steelhead each year.  Research shows that reducing pikeminnow numbers helps protect salmon and steelhead populations.

    Since 1990, BPA has contracted with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission to offer the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program in the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The program pays cash to registered anglers for each fish they catch, nine inches or longer. The program has resulted in the removal of nearly 3.5 million pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake Rivers, reducing predation on young salmon by an estimated 40 percent.  This is 4 to 6 million juvenile salmon annually that otherwise would have been eaten by this predator.

    Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program website

    Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

    2011 Pikeminnow Rgistraion Stations (1)

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