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Sea Lions In 2014 Gobble Up 8 Percent Of Willamette Spring Chinook Run, 13 Percent Steelhead
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 (PST)
Managing the impacts of sea lions and seals on protected salmon and steelhead and other fish stocks is a tough job that has only gotten tougher in recent years due, probably, to fluctuations in both predator and prey species populations in the lower Columbia River. Read More...  

Hatchery Vs. Wild Salmonid Symposium: Hatcheries Can Produce ‘Natural’ Fish, Not Same As ‘Wild’
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 (PST)
Although there was a common understanding among the speakers at this week’s “Hatchery vs. Wild Salmonid Symposium” that wild fish perform better than hatchery fish, no one in the first day’s session said that there should be no hatcheries at all. Read More...  

To Protect Native Fish Washington Approves New Keep Rules For Columbia Basin Hatchery Steelhead
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 (PST)
Steelhead anglers fishing most major tributaries of the Columbia River in Washington will be required to keep all steelhead of hatchery origin that they catch, up to a three-fish catch limit. Read More...  

New Invasive Species, European Ear Snail, Found In Middle Fork John Day River; Monitoring Continues
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 (PST)
The north-central Oregon’s North Fork John Day Watershed Council’s intensive monitoring efforts on the Middle Fork of the John Day River last year resulted in the collection of an invasive species, previously undetected in eastern Oregon or the John Day River system. Read More...  

BPA Funds Used To Purchase Land Along North Santiam River To Protect, Restore Salmon, Steelhead
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 (PST)
The Western Rivers Conservancy and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde announced this week the purchase of 91 acres along west-central Oregon’s North Santiam River to complete a conservation assemblage called “Chahalpam,” which means “place of the Santiam Kalapuya people” in the tribal Santiam Kalapuya language. Read More...  

Study Shows How Rain Gardens, Natural Infiltration Of Stormwater Can Reduce Impacts To Salmon
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 (PST)
A simple column of common soil can reverse the toxic effects of urban runoff that otherwise quickly kills young coho salmon and their insect prey, according to new research by NOAA Fisheries, Washington State University and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read More...  

Dry January Dropping Water Supply Forecasts; Cascades Snowpack 50 Percent Average Or Less
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 (PST)
The 2014-2015 snowpack building season started out on a track toward stowing away average water runoff for use in spring and summer, but relatively dry early to mid-January in parts of the Columbia-Snake River basin have seen predictions slip. Read More...  

Oregon In 2014 Experienced Second Warmest Year Since 1895; Warm Winters, Low Snowpacks Ahead?
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 (PST)
The year 2014 was the hottest on Earth in 134 years of record-keeping, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported last week, continuing a pattern of global warming that is attributed primarily to rising levels of greenhouse gases. Read More...  

Tribes Lay Out Process For Investigating Feasibility Of Salmon Reintroduction Above Grand Coulee Dam
Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 (PST)
Tribal officials on Tuesday spoke Tuesday on the need to enlist the aid of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in work aimed at, first, determining the feasibility of reintroducing salmon to long-blocked habitat above central Washington’s Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams on the Columbia River, and potentially following through. Read More...  

Oregon, For Now, Declines To Change Barbless Hook Rule For Willamette, Off-Channel Estuary Sites
Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 (PST)
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on Jan. 9 declined to take action on a staff proposal that would have allowed the use of barbed hooks when fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout in the lower Willamette River, Multnomah Channel and at sites off the lower Columbia River estuary in Gnat Creek and inside Youngs Bay. Read More...  
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