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Judge Rules McKenzie River Salmon Hatchery Releases Sufficient To Protect Wild Fish
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 (PST)
A federal judge earlier this month declined to immediately cut the number of hatchery chinook salmon released into Oregon’s McKenzie River, but recognized the need to protect the wild spring chinook salmon that spawn in the river. Read More...  

NOAA’s Draft Environmental Assessment Proposes Reduction In Sandy River Hatchery Releases
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries is proposing in its draft environmental assessment of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s 2013 hatchery and genetic management plans (HGMP) substantial cuts in hatchery releases of salmon smolts in Oregon’s Sandy River. Read More...  

Audubon Announces Intent To Sue Corps Over Plan To Cull Cormorants From Columbia River Estuary
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 (PST)
The Audubon Society of Portland last week announced its intent to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prevent it from putting a plan in place to reduce the population of double-crested cormorants at East Sand Island in the lower Columbia River estuary. Read More...  

Oregon Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To New Rules Phasing Out Lower Columbia Gill Nets
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 (PST)
An Oregon appellate court recently rejected claims by commercial fishing businesses that a new policy to phase out gill netting on the lower Columbia River violated state law. Read More...  

Fish Managers Expect 2015 Columbia River Salmon Runs To Top 2 Million Fish; Run By Run Numbers
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 (PST)
Columbia River salmon runs should top 2 million fish again in 2015, continuing a trend of record or near-record runs over last decade compared to runs in the 1990s, fish managers reported to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council this month. Read More...  

Salmon BiOp Case: Feds File Cross-Motion Following Challengers’ Request For Summary Judgement
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 (PST)
Since the plaintiffs in a long-running legal battle over salmon and steelhead recovery plans for the Columbia River Basin filed for an expedient conclusion to the case last December, the federal government and supporting parties have been seeking summary judgement since March 6. Read More...  

Report Details West Coast Waters Shifting To Lower Productivity For Salmon Entering Ocean This Year
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 (PST)
Large-scale climate patterns that affect the Pacific Ocean indicate that waters off the West Coast have shifted toward warmer, less productive conditions that may affect marine species from seabirds to salmon, according to the 2015 State of the California Current Report delivered to the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Read More...  

Study: Though No Imminent Risk Of Extinction, Redband Trout Facing Lost Habitat, Hybridization
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 (PST)
The historical range of interior redband trout that inhabit the streams in Western States has declined by 42 percent from the trout’s presumed historical levels (circa 1800), according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey report. Read More...  

Ongoing Fish Passage Research Delays Spring Refill Of South Santiam’s Foster Reservoir
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alerts boaters and other users of Foster Reservoir near Sweet Home, Ore., that the reservoir’s normal spring refill schedule has changed again this year to accommodate ongoing fish passage research. The reservoir’s summer elevation will also be slightly lower again this summer. Read More...  

Study Shows Deep-Water Ocean Fish Showing Pathological Changes Possibly From Toxin Exposure
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 (PST)
Deep-water marine fish living on the continental slopes at depths from 2,000 feet to one mile have liver pathologies, tumors and other health problems that may be linked to human-caused pollution, one of the first studies of its type has found. Read More...  
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