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Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Salmon and Other Fish

steelheadImperiled salmon and trout species are found throughout Portland. Fifteen fish species found in Portland are federally protected as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

Though they once were thriving, impacts from development such as loss of habitat, decreased water quality, and impassable culverts has led to declines in salmon populations over time. The city of Portland is playing an active role in collaborative regional efforts to restore fish and wildlife and improve water quality and watershed conditions.

Science, Fish and Wildlife Division staff lead endangered species recovery efforts citywide. Salmon are highly sensitive to all components of watershed health (hydrology, habitat, water quality, and biological communities). Health, abundance, and productivity of salmon is a reflection of many important urban watershed processes. They are an important barometer of how healthy our streams and rivers are.

The Water Bureau also has a habitat conservation program, focused exclusively on the Bull Run Watershed, that includes protections for salmon. Go to the invasive species management page for information about how Portland manages invasive plants and animals.

Native Fish in Portland

Learn about native fish in Portland

Fish Salvage

Safe removal of fish from stream construction projects