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Eagle Creek Fire Forces Early Release Of Juvenile Fish At Bonneville Hatchery
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2017 (PST)
A fouled water supply caused by the Eagle Creek fire near Bonneville Dam and three Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries in the Columbia River Gorge has forced the state agency to release some tule fall chinook six months early, as well as other chinook from four ponds, which were to be released next month. The total early release amounts to about 600,000 juveniles. Read More...  

Over Half Of Net Pen Atlantic Salmon In San Juans Escaped; Reported Catches At Columbia Mouth
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2017 (PST)
More than half of the Atlantic salmon raised in a Cooke Aquaculture net pen in the San Juan Islands escaped before the company could recover them from the damaged pen. Read More...  

NOAA Fisheries: Ocean Surveys Show Poor Conditions For Columbia Basin Salmon
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2017 (PST)
Ocean conditions for salmon headed to sea this year are very poor, according to recent NOAA Fisheries research surveys, and have a high likelihood of depressing salmon returns to the Columbia River in the next few years. Read More...  

Study Looks At Salmon Mortality By Seabirds, Ties Size Of Columbia River Plume To Predator-Prey
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2017 (PST)
As juvenile salmon and steelhead enter the ocean, the common murre and sooty shearwater, offshore avian predators that feed on forage fish such as salmon, throw up a “predator gauntlet” while the fish are still in the Columbia River plume, according to a recent study. Read More...  

Study Tracks Pathways Deadly Salmonid Virus IHNV Spreads; Returning Adults Most Frequent Source
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2017 (PST)
A recent study is the first to explore how infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) spreads among juvenile hatchery-raised fish in the Pacific Northwest, where high rates of infection and mortality can occur. Read More...  

Volatile Power Market Could Bring Budget Uncertainties To BPA-Funded Basin Fish And Wildlife Program
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2017 (PST)
For the next two years the budget for the largest fish and wildlife program in the United States will remain at levels seen over the last several years, but that’s only if the Bonneville Power Administration is able to manage a number of uncertainties, including the price of its power on the wide open West Coast power market. Read More...  

Corps Signs Contracts Allowing ODFW To Continue Operating Five Corps Hatcheries
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2017 (PST)
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed last week to two contracts allowing the state agency to continue operating five Corps hatcheries in Oregon which they’ve operated for the most part since the 1950s. Read More...  

Compact Extends Tribal Commercial Fishing One week; Ocean Coho Fishing Ends Off Oregon
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2017 (PST)
Treaty commercial gillnetting in the Columbia River targeting fall chinook was extended a week in water upstream of Bonneville Dam during a meeting of the two-state Columbia River Compact. The additional four and one-half days of tribal fishing begin 6 am Monday, September 11 and ends 6 pm Friday, September 15. The Compact met Wednesday, September 6. Read More...  

Marine Researchers Launch One Of The Largest Field Studies Of Near-Shore Ocean
Posted on Friday, September 08, 2017 (PST)
A large team of researchers will invade the California coast near San Luis Obispo this month to launch an intense study of the Pacific Ocean’s inner shelf – a little-studied region between the surf zone and the mid-Continental Shelf. Read More...  

Fish Farm Escape: Intent To Sue Filed, Washington Sets Up Incident Command Structure To Contain
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2017 (PST)
In the week since thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped a fish farm in Puget Sound’s San Juan Islands, the state of Washington has asked anglers to catch and keep the farmed salmon, formed a containment and recovery team of three state agencies (an Incident Command structure) and placed a moratorium on further permits for farmed salmon in Washington until the reasons for the escape are better known. Read More...  
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