New Study on Salmon Conservation from Professor Bill Jaeger

Four decades of conservation spending totaling more than $9 billion in inflation-adjusted taxpayer dollars have failed to improve wild salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia River Basin, according to research from Oregon State University.⁠

The study, led by OSU applied economics professor William Jaeger, is based on an analysis of 50 years of data and suggests that while the number of hatchery-reared salmon has increased, there is no evidence of a net increase in wild, naturally spawning salmon and steelhead. ⁠

Findings were published today in PLOS One.