A brand new report from Save the Wild Rogue analyzed the economic value of salmon and steelhead in the Rogue River. Here are some of the results:
West coast residents enjoy more than $1.5 billion in economic benefit each year from the entirety of all Rogue River salmon and steelhead runs.
Oregonians have consistently stated that improving salmon habitat is important and have expressed a willingness to pay more than $70 million dollars per year to enhance salmon habitat in Oregon. Oregon and Washington residents state a willingness to pay more than $800 per fish to increase Northwest salmon populations
While many salmon runs in the Northwest are either endangered or threatened, the majority of the Rogue’s salmon runs remain relatively strong. Over the past decade, salmon and steelhead counts at Gold Ray Dam average nearly 87,000 fish annually. As residential and commercial development continues to degrade Northwest rivers, it becomes increasingly important to protect the scarce, healthy rivers such as the Rogue and its tributaries.