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Columbia River Salmon ScarceUsually by now, the Columbia River's spring chinook salmon are heading upstream over fish ladders in the tens of thousands to spawn. Not this year.Fish biologists had predicted a spring run of about 229,000 chinooks at the Bonneville Dam ( search ), about 140 miles from the Pacific Ocean ( search ). As of Tuesday, near the customary midpoint of the spring run, only about 200 had been counted there."It's a never-before-seen scarcity," said Charles Hudson ( search ) of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.It's so bad that the Indian tribes on the river had to get salmon somewhere else for their ceremonial celebration marking the return of the fish.The chinooks enter the Columbia River from the Pacific at this time of year to return to the streams where they were hatched two or three years before. There, they spawn and die.Scientists say they don't have an explanation for the scarcity."Nobody knows why," said Brian Gorman of the Pacific Marine Fisheries Service ( search ) in Se...Read More >