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States To Issue Lower Columbia Purse/Beach Seine Permits As Part Of Effort To Phase Out Gill-Nets
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 (PST)
A next big step down a “presumptive path” toward phasing out non-tribal commercial gill-nets on the lower Columbia River will be the deployment late this summer of 10 permit holders equipped with beach and purse seines, equipment that had been outlawed on the river for more than 60 years. Read More...  

Once Nearly Gone, Lake Pend Oreille Kokanee Have Rebounded In A Big Way; Over One Million Fish
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 (PST)
The Lake Pend Oreille kokanee population has literally risen from its death bed over the past eight years due in large part to an Idaho Department of Fish and Game strategy aimed at reducing predation on the smallish game fish. Read More...  

Bag Limits Go Up Again As Sockeye Boom Continues To Set Daily Dam Passage Records
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 (PST)
With record number of sockeye salmon coursing up the Columbia River headed for, in large part, the Okanogan River basin, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has once again stretched the daily salmon daily bag limits to allow anglers on the mainstem to take advantage of the bounty. Read More...  

Study Uses Genetic Identification To Detail Juvenile Chinook Stock Distribution In Columbia Estuary
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 (PST)
A two-year study using genetic stock identification methods shows that chinook salmon from throughout the Columbia River basin at some point in their early lifecycle will occupy shallow water habitats in the tidal freshwater portion of the Columbia River estuary and that these salmon will potentially benefit from current and future conservation and habitat recovery efforts from the Bonneville Dam to the mouth of the Columbia River. Read More...  

Wild Fish Conservancy Files Intent-To-Sue Notice Challenging Operations At Leavenworth Hatchery
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 (PST)
Wild Fish Conservancy on July 9 filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration for alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act associated with the operation of central Washington’s Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Read More...  

With Strong Salmon Returns, Tribes Get A Fifth Summer Fishery; Already Netted 32,839 Sockeye
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 (PST)
Continuing strong sockeye and summer chinook numbers could enable tribal fishers to stretch their summer commercial season almost to the final day on the mainstem Columbia River above Bonneville from beginning to end. Read More...  

As Feds Consider Wolverine ESA Listing Idaho Moves Forward With State Wolverine Management Plan
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 (PST)
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved the state's first-ever wolverine management plan, charting a course toward the long-term sustainability of Idaho's wolverine population. Read More...  

NOAA Fisheries Releases For Comment Draft EIS For Puget Sound Hatchery Programs
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries has released for public review a draft environmental impact statement http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/hatcheries/ps_deis/ps_deis.html for two resource management plans that were submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Puget Sound treaty tribes. Read More...  

Corps’ Walla Walla District Gets New Commander
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 (PST)
Lt. Col. Timothy R. Vail assumed command last week of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, during a ceremony held in Walla Walla. Read More...  

Feedback: Clarification On ‘Protected Areas Program’ In Council’s Draft F&W Program
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 (PST)
In the July 11th, 2014 edition of the Columbia Basin Bulletin there was an article covering the July 8th, 2014 public hearing in Portland on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Fish and Wildlife Program Amendment process. American Whitewater appreciates coverage of our testimony about the Protected Areas Program, and writes to provide some background and clarification to some points highlighted in the article. Read More...  
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