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Comment Period Extended For Feds’ Scoping On New EIS For Columbia/Snake River Hydro System
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2017 (PST)
After recording comments at 15 public scoping meetings, three federal agencies operating Columbia and Snake river dams are giving the public an additional three weeks to comment on the court-ordered Columbia River System Operations environmental impact statement for salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

NW Power/Conservation Council Completes Review Of Fish Passage At High-Head Dams
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2017 (PST)
A paper evaluating the best and most up-to-date ways to pass salmon and steelhead beyond high head dams that have historically blocked passage was completed in December and posted at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council website. Read More...  

Study: Using Smart Phones For Recreational Anglers’ Salmon/Steelhead Catch Reporting
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2017 (PST)
In the near future, recreational anglers could report their salmon or steelhead catch on their smart phone, giving fisheries managers a 2.6 to 3 times greater confidence in the information they receive from anglers than if they solely used traditional creel surveys. Read More...  

ESA-Listed Chum Salmon Below Bonneville Dam Show Good Spawning Rate;Flows Maintained To Cover Redds
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2017 (PST)
As spawning of chum salmon near Bonneville Dam has come to an end, fisheries managers are saying the numbers of the salmon returning this year appears to be nearly as high as last year. Read More...  

Study Shows How ‘Density-Dependent Competition’ Impacts Size, Maturity Of B.C. Chum Salmon Run
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2017 (PST)
The level of salmon density in the salt water where Big Qualicum River chum salmon grow to maturity impacts a chum salmon’s early growth, its size and its age at maturity, says a recent study on “density-dependent competition.” Read More...  

ODFW Study Details How Winter/Spring Flow Regimes Hit Crooked River’s Redband Trout Population
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2017 (PST)
In just one year, the estimated density of Crooked River redband trout dropped 87 percent to 185 fish per kilometer – the lowest ever recorded– in what has been the Central Oregon stream’s most productive section, the 13 kilometers (8 miles) from Bowman Dam downstream towards Prineville. Read More...  

New Fishing Rules Aimed At Protecting Lake Roosevelt’s Wild Redband Trout
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2017 (PST)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding Lake Roosevelt anglers that new fishing rules are in effect to protect wild native redband rainbow trout on Lake Roosevelt and the Spokane and Sanpoil Arms of the 150-mile reservoir. Read More...  

West Coast Ocean Protection Act Introduced To Permanently Prohibit Offshore Drilling
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2017 (PST)
U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have introduced the West Coast Ocean Protection Act to permanently prohibit offshore drilling on the outer continental shelf off of Washington, Oregon, and California. Read More...  

Washington State Offers Steelhead License Plates To Help Fund Conservation Of Native Steelhead
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2017 (PST)
Steelhead enthusiasts can now show support for their favorite species by purchasing a vehicle license plate with an image of Washington's iconic state fish. Read More...  

Researchers Say ‘Cold Bias’ Corrected In Debate Over NOAA 2015 Report On Continued Ocean Warming
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2017 (PST)
Scientists say they have solved a puzzling break in continuity of ocean warming records that sparked much controversy after climate data was published in the journal Science in 2015. Read More...  
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