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SALEM — As last year’s Christmas holiday approached, a last-minute change was made to Oregon fish regulations that critics say nullifies years of work to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead species.

The change concerns the definition of fish passages, engineering structures, including fish ladders that allow migrating salmon to voluntarily swim past dams and other obstructions. Under the new rule change, fish passages now include trap-and-haul procedures, according to critics of the rule change.

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