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ESA-Listed Columbia River Smelt In Trouble; Forum Finds Few Solutions To Help Boost Runs
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 (PST)
Eulachon, a forage fish that spends 95 percent of its life in the ocean, spawns in rivers along the West Coast from Alaska to Northern California. Read More...  

Recent High Sockeye Returns To Columbia River Expected To Decline In Next Few Years
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 (PST)
Record-setting returns of sockeye salmon to the Columbia River in the last couple of years are largely due to smolt-to-adult return rates as high as 23.5 percent. Read More...  

McKenzie River Spring Chinook Reintroduction: Hatchery Males Smaller, Less Fit Than Natural Origin
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 (PST)
A study of a trap and haul operation at the 518 foot tall Cougar Dam on the South Fork of the McKenzie River in Oregon found that hatchery origin spring chinook salmon males are far less fit than natural origin males, although there is little difference between females. Read More...  

Study: Habitat Restoration Projects Often Fail To Target Highest Priority Needs For Ecosystem,Salmon
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 (PST)
Millions of dollars are spent each year on habitat restoration projects in the Northwest, but not all on-the-ground restoration actions match the highest priority ecosystem and population needs identified in habitat assessments and recovery plans, according to a recent report in the journal Ecosphere. Read More...  

With Cooler Temps States Lift Fishing Restrictions; Catch Rates Reduce Hours For Gillnet Fishery
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 (PST)
In a sign that Northwest rivers are cooling off, the states of Oregon and Washington lifted their moratoriums on afternoon recreational fishing. Read More...  

Idaho Opens Salmon, Steelhead Fishing On Snake, Salmon, Clearwater; Expects Big Fall Chinook Return
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 (PST)
Three fishing seasons opened Tuesday, Sept. 1 and more ocean-fresh fish are arriving daily to Idaho. Read More...  

EPA Proposes Rule To Toughen Washington State’s Water Quality Standards, New Fish Consumption Rate
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 (PST)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week proposed a rule setting fish consumption rates that would strengthen Washington State’s human health criteria and water quality standards. Read More...  

Montana Scientists Using Environmental DNA To Help Detect Early Presence Of Invasive Mussels
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 (PST)
Scientists at the University of Montana are perfecting a technique to detect the presence of invasive freshwater mussels long before they form massive colonies that can clog water intakes, impact hydropower and irrigation facilities, cover marinas and beaches, and ruin fisheries by robbing the water of nutrients. Read More...  

Draft ‘Comparative Survival Study’ For Basin Salmon, Steelhead Released For Review, Comment
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 (PST)
An annual study of salmon and steelhead passage and survival through the Columbia and Snake river hydropower system is up for review and comment. Read More...  

Study Attributes North Pacific Ecosystem Shifts To Longer, Less Frequent Climate Fluctuations
Posted on Friday, September 04, 2015 (PST)
Longer, less frequent climate fluctuations may be contributing to abrupt and unexplained ecosystem shifts in the North Pacific, according to a study by the University of Exeter. Read More...  
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