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Successful Lake Trout Suppression In Lake Pend Oreille Brings Back Kokanee; Walleye Next Challenge
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2018 (PST)
A suppression program in the largest lake in Idaho to significantly reduce the number of lake trout has been successful at recovering the lake’s kokanee population, but biologists are now worrying about another invasive predator – walleye. Read More...  

Study Looks At How Viral Disease Spreads To Juvenile Salmon/Steelhead, Hatcheries
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2018 (PST)
Most infections of a viral disease that can hit hatcheries particularly hard originate with adult salmon and steelhead, according to a recent study that modeled how the infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus spreads to young trout and salmon in the Columbia River Basin. Read More...  

Spring Chinook Fishing Closed Until Run Update; Steelhead Fishing Opens In Lower Columbia
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2018 (PST)
More than 4,500 spring chinook salmon crossed Bonneville Dam Wednesday, May 16, capping a week in which the late-arriving fish has averaged more than 2,000 per day, bringing the total run to date to 55,618. Read More...  

As Spring Chinook Arrive, Steller Sea Lion Presence At Bonneville Dam Breaks Single Day Record
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2018 (PST)
The number of Steller sea lions observed in the Bonneville Dam tailrace set an all-time one-day record May 7 of 66 sea lions. The previous record of 62 was set last year. Read More...  

Court-Ordered Spring Spill Now Moot As High Columbia/Snake Flows Forcing Involuntary Spill At Dams
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2018 (PST)
High river flows in the Snake and Columbia rivers and resulting involuntary levels of spill over dams are rendering moot court-ordered spring spill to state-mandated caps on total dissolved gas. Read More...  

Flooding In Upper Basin Expected To Continue For Several Days; NOAA Says Above Normal Temps June-Aug
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2018 (PST)
Flooding continues in parts of the Columbia Basin, driven by warm temperatures and a rapid snowpack runoff in British Columbia, western Montana and Idaho. Read More...  

Fearing Fish Disease Transmission, WDFW Denies Transfer Of Atlantic Salmon To Kitsap County Net Pens
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2018 (PST)
Citing the risk of fish disease transmission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has denied permission for Cooke Aquaculture to transport 800,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon from its hatchery near Rochester to net pens at Rich Passage in Kitsap County. Read More...  

Draft Report On Columbia Basin Fish/Wildlife Costs In 2017 Out For Review; $450.4 Million
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2018 (PST)
A draft report to northwest governors on Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program costs in 2017 was released last week for review by the public, with the total program costs coming in at $450.4 million, about 18 percent of the Bonneville Power Administration’s power business line costs of $2.465 billion, and accounting for about one-third of the agency’s wholesale power rate. Read More...  

NOAA Fisheries Seeking Comment On Upcoming Assessment Of Puget Sound Salmon Harvest Plan
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2018 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on an upcoming environmental analysis that could shape fisheries for chinook salmon around Puget Sound over the next decade. Read More...  

Montana Researchers Use Low-Cost, Aircraft Mounted ‘LiDAR’ To Locate Spawning Invasive Fish
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2018 (PST)
For decades the National Park Service has been locked in a battle against lake trout, an invasive fish with a voracious appetite that has overtaken Yellowstone Lake and upended its formerly thriving ecosystem. Read More...  
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