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2 January 2021 / Seattle Times / Lynda V. Mapes

Lake Washington sockeye hit record low, another signature Seattle fish at brink of extinction

Seattle, Washington, United States

Some 22,950 sockeye were counted at Ballard’s Hiram Chittenden Locks in 2020, but only about 3,000 made it to the mouth of the Cedar. Another 40 to 50% of those fish typically die on the spawning grounds before they can reproduce.A vortex of climate change, urbanization and predators endangers a beloved species.

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