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ODFW Reopens Harvest Rules Focused On Phasing Out Mainstem Gillnets Below Bonneville
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 (PST)
In an apparent response to a letter sent Feb. 9 to Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission chair Michael Finley from Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department staff reopened the Commission’s January 20 harvest reform decision. Read More...  

Council Seeks Science Review Of Upper Columbia Spring Chinook Recovery; High Risk Of Extinction
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 (PST)
A NOAA Fisheries five year status review completed last year found that upper Columbia River spring chinook are at high risk of extinction, even after a recovery plan was put into place in 2007. Read More...  

Report Shows Good Fall Chinook Redd Count In Snake River Basin, Third Highest Since 1988
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 (PST)
Numbers for 2016 fall chinook redd counts looked good this year with a total of 6,426 redds estimated in the Snake River Basin, representing the third highest estimate since the Nez Perce Tribe began intensive surveys began in 1988. Read More...  

Study Looks At Genetics, Migration, Behavior Of Pacific Lamprey In Willamette River
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 (PST)
Pacific Lamprey populations spawning in the Willamette River may display several genetic differences, characterized by size and spawn timing, according to a recent report. Read More...  

WDFW, UW To Study How Growing Wolf Population Affecting Other Wildlife Species
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 (PST)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the University of Washington have launched a collaborative study to determine how eight years of growth in the state's wolf population is affecting other wildlife species. Read More...  

NOAA Fisheries Reconvening Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force In March
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries announced this week that it is reconvening the Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force to evaluate the implementation of the states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho pinniped removal authority authorized by NOAA Fisheries on March 15, 2012, via a Letter of Authorization issued under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Read More...  

New Research Details Forage Fish Stocks Boom-Bust Cycles For Centuries
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 (PST)
New research shows in greater detail that forage fish stocks such as sardines have undergone boom-bust cycles for centuries, with at least three species off the U.S. West Coast repeatedly experiencing steep population increases followed by declines long before commercial fishing began. Read More...  

WDFW Sets Public Meeting To Preview 2017 Salmon Returns, Fishing Seasons
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 (PST)
Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year's salmon returns and potential fishing seasons at a public meeting Feb. 28 in Olympia. Read More...  

2015-16 El Nino Causes West Coast ‘Shoreline Retreat’ 76 Percent Above Normal,Toughest On California
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 (PST)
The 2015-16 El Niño was one of the strongest climate events in recent history with extraordinary winter wave energy, a new study shows, though its impact on beaches was greater in California than in Oregon and Washington. Read More...  

Through Other Funding, Council Able To Reduce O&M Commitment To Northwest Hatcheries
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 (PST)
The immediate cost of operation and maintenance projects at Northwest hatcheries dropped to $115,000 from the previously identified $200,000 cost for repairs. The money was set aside to protect the region’s hatchery investments. Read More...  
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