After their long journey from the Pacific Ocean, through the Sea of Okhotsk, the still-grey sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) wait to pass through a fish-counting gate at the Pacific Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography located on the wester

October 31, 2013

North America's waters once contained mind-boggling numbers of migratory fish. And then... Photo: Ami Vitale

(ALL INTERNAL & EXTERNAL USES – NO COMMERCIAL USE) After their long journey from the Pacific Ocean, through the Sea of Okhotsk, the still-grey sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) wait to pass through a fish-counting gate at the Pacific Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography located on the western shore of Kurile Lake in the southern part of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Kurile Lake is the largest spawning ground for sockeye salmon in Eurasia, but the salmon are threatened as poachers are paid large sums in a depressed economy for the caviar. Photo credit: © 2007 Ami Vitale for The Nature Conservancy

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