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Snake River Sockeye Featured In American Fisheries Magazine; Natural Origin Fish Recovering?
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 (PST)
Snake River sockeye salmon, once virtually extinct with one wild fish, or none, returning annually to central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley, have rallied to the point that they are cover boys and girls for this month’s American Fisheries Society’s Fisheries magazine. Read More...  

Long-Term Sediment Management Plan For Lower Snake River Approved; Maintenance Dredging Set
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ top Northwestern Division official on Nov. 14 signed two “records of decision” that will trigger long-delayed dredging of the lower Snake River federal navigation channel and provide a long-term game plan for management of sediment that, over time, clogs commercial traffic headed towards ports at the Idaho-Washington border. Read More...  

Feds Issue Basin Salmon Recovery Progress Report: Says More Wild Fish Returning To Columbia River
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 (PST)
“More fish - and more wild fish - are returning to the river” according to an annual “progress” report released last week by federal action agencies charged with assuring that beleaguered Columbia and Snake salmon and steelhead populations survive, and ultimately thrive. Read More...  

Wanapum Dam Reservoir To Rise Again; Fish Ladder Modifications Move Record Fish Numbers
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 (PST)
After months of working around the clock to repair and strengthen Wanapum Dam’s spillway, Grant County Public Utility District will soon be able to raise the reservoir behind the dam and move back toward operating the mid-Columbia facility as intended to produce power, feed irrigation pumps, facilitate recreation and ease salmon and steelhead passage. Read More...  

Study Indicates High Proportion Of Wild Upper Willamette Spring Chinook Rear In Reservoirs
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 (PST)
A high proportion of non-hatchery juvenile spring chinook salmon in the Upper Willamette River spend their early lives in reservoirs created by dams. Read More...  

NOAA Fisheries Scientists Review Wood Placement In River Restoration, Sorting Fact From Fiction
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 (PST)
The practice remains controversial and in some cases could be better focused scientifically.

But the century-old tactic of attempting to improve freshwater habitat for salmon and other fish species by inserting logs and other large woody debris in rivers and streams most often helps, according to a research article published online Monday in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
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New Publications By UW Climate Impacts Group: Biodiversity, Coastal Upwelling, Flooding, Wildfires
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 (PST)
The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group released information on several new publications involving CIG authors. These papers address issues in the following areas:

-- Climate change and biodiversity

-- Trends in coastal upwelling

-- Climate change impacts on flooding

-- Climate change impacts on U.S. dairy production

-- Climate change adaptation in forested ecosystems of the North Cascades

-- Climate change and very large wildfires
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Study: Hatcheries Can Create Fish Easier To Catch By Anglers, Or Harder To Catch
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 (PST)
Angling success is higher when fishing for hatchery raised trout than it is for trout grown in a more natural setting, even when that more natural environment is created in a hatchery. Read More...  

NOAA Designates Kachemak Bay, Alaska As Its Next Habitat Focus Area To Rebuild Fisheries
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 (PST)
Kachemak Bay, located in southern Cook Inlet, is valuable for its recreational, subsistence, and commercial fishing, marine transportation, tourism, and threatened and endangered species. Read More...  

Upper Willamette Basin Reservoir Drawdown Boosts Survival For Wild Chinook, Steelhead
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 (PST)
Tests over the past three years involving the drawdown of the Upper Willamette River Basin’s Fall Creek Reservoir to run-of-river levels in late fall have proven so successful at pushing juvenile salmon and steelhead downriver safely that the U.S. Corps of Engineers plans to employ the strategy annually until further notice. Read More...  
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