Federal review will decide if king salmon should be listed as an endangered species

The Biden administration says that listing numerous Alaska king salmon populations under the Endangered Species Act could be warranted, and it now plans to launch a broader scientific study to follow its preliminary review.

Citing the species’ diminished size at adulthood and spawning numbers below sustainable targets set by state managers, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced its initial conclusion in a 14-page federal notice on May 23.

It said a January 2024 listing request from a Washington state-based conservation group had met the legal criteria to advance the agency’s examinat...


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