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Returning home: The Elwha's genetic legacy

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Following dam removal, migratory salmon and other anadromous fish have been free to swim into the upper Elwha for the first time in 100 years. Their actual behaviors and reproductive success may well be driven by changes in their genetic makeup.

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Latest story posted: 6/25/2022

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View of the Elwha River above the site of the former Glines Canyon Dam in 2021. Photo: Sylvia Kantor

Returning home: The Elwha's genetic legacy

Following dam removal, migratory salmon have been free to swim into the upper Elwha River for the first time in 100 years. Their actual behaviors and reproductive success may well be driven by changes in their genetic makeup. Our seven-part series 'Returning home' examines how the fish are doing and whether the Elwha's genetic legacy remains intact. 


Species and food webs, Fishes, Freshwater habitat, Salmonids, Species of concern, Salish Sea Currents magazine, Elwha River