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Shrinking Mitchell Act Funds, Rising Costs Means Less Fish Releases For Some Columbia Hatcheries
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 (PST)
A combination of federal budget cuts and higher operating costs have forced the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to reduce salmon and steelhead production at three of its lower Columbia River fish hatchery facilities and plant juvenile coho salmon into a regional lake this fall. Read More...  

Hanford Reach’s Naturally Spawning Fall Chinook Show High Returns, High Spawning, High Angler Catch
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 (PST)
This year’s fall chinook salmon return to the Columbia River basin was supersized, as advertised, and motivated record angler trips to such places as central Washington’s “Hanford Reach,” a 50-plus mile stretch known as home to the basin’s largest remaining wild population of the species. Read More...  

Lines With LED Lights Produce Dramatic Results In Reducing Shrimp Fishery Bycatch Of Columbia Smelt
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 (PST)
Eureka!

Trials this summer trimming shrimp trawl lines with LED lights produced dramatic results in the reduction of the bycatch off the Oregon coast of Endangered Species Act-listed eulachon/Columbia River smelt.
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Presence Of Land-Locked Chinook Salmon Confirmed In Oregon For First Time
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 (PST)
Biologists confirmed what they had heard as rumor from lake fishermen, that both fin-clipped and unmarked chinook salmon inhabit Green Peter Reservoir on the Middle Santiam River and spawn in Quartzville Creek in the upper Willamette River watershed. Read More...  

Study Shows Potential For Commercial Lake Whitefish Fishery In Lake Pend Oreille, If Any Takers
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 (PST)
A lake trout eradication effort in Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho, could also take up to 55,000 lake whitefish, an introduced fish that can live over 40 years. Read More...  

Compact Approves Last Of Mainstem Commercial Fishing, Tribal Sales Until Year End
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 (PST)
The Columbia River Compact on Oct. 23 approved what are likely to be its final Columbia River mainstem commercial fishing decisions this year, approving the tribal sale of salmon and other fishes caught with hoop and dip nets and with hook and line through the end of the year, and setting lower river non-tribal gill-net fisheries that stretch through today. Read More...  

Groups File Suit Challenging Water Quality Permit For Northwest’s Only Nuclear Plant
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 (PST)
Clean water groups filed a lawsuit this week asking Washington’s Thurston County Superior Court to overturn a state decision to renew a water quality permit for the Columbia River Generating Station, the Pacific Northwest’s only operating commercial nuclear reactor. Read More...  

State Of U.S. Fisheries, 2013: Big Increase In Wild Salmon Landings, Up 68 Percent From 2012
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 (PST)
In its annual report “Fisheries of the United States 2013” released this week NOAA Fisheries announced that U.S. fishermen landed 9.9 billion pounds of fish and shellfish, an increase of 245 million pounds from 2012 and that the value of those fish weighed in at $5.5 billion, representing an increase of $388 million from 2012. Read More...  

Portland Habitat Project To Remove Fish Passage Barriers Bringing More Salmon Back To The City
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 (PST)
Many residents in the Sellwood neighborhood, located on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River in southeast Portland, remember seeing salmon swimming in Crystal Springs Creek, but it has been more 40 years since they’ve been seen in large numbers. Read More...  

Study Details Toxic Accumulation in Puget Sound Seabirds Eating Fish, Including Columbia Chinook
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 (PST)
Seabirds nesting in Puget Sound consume fish, including Columbia River salmon, far more contaminated by long-lasting urban pollutants such as PCBs and flame retardants than seabirds feeding on the outer Washington coast, according to a new study led by researchers at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Read More...  
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