Columbia River fisheries Low Coho Returns Have Wash. State Considering First Full Closure Of Salmon Fisheries Since 1994 By Bellamy Pailthorp • Apr 14, 2016 Bellamy Pailthorp / KPLU Listen Listening... / 1:23 Salmon returns in the Northwest are on many people’s minds this week as fisheries managers meet in Vancouver. They’re considering what might be the first full closure of ocean salmon fishing in nearly 22 years. But you might not notice much change in what’s for sale in local markets. Step up to a seafood counter looking for salmon and you’ll likely find a lot to choose from. For First Time In 20 Years, Wenatchee River Open For Spring Chinook Fishing By Bellamy Pailthorp • Jun 9, 2014 Dan Hershman / Flickr For the first time in 20 years, the Wenatchee River in eastern Washington has opened for spring Chinook salmon fishing. Wildlife officials say it’s a sign of successful management of the hatcheries program. Efforts to control seabirds doing more damage to salmon By The Associated Press • Sep 1, 2011 Tim / Flickr EAST SAND ISLAND, Wash. — An attempt by government wildlife experts to control seabirds at the mouth of the Columbia River has led to some unintended consequences, all of which have been detrimental to salmon. Task Force: Kill more Columbia River sea lions By Tom Banse • Nov 12, 2010 AP A task force convened by the federal government is recommending that wildlife agents get more aggressive about trapping and killing sea lions in the Columbia River.