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(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say warmer waters are having a major effect on the sockeye salmon population in the Columbia River.  It's estimated that more than a quarter-million sockeye returning to the Columbia and its tributaries from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying.  Federal and state fisheries biologists told KOIN-TV that at least half of this year's returning sockeye population is being wiped out, because of water that's five to six degrees warmer than normal.
 

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