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‘We Are Facing An Imminent Threat’: Organizations To Hold Emergency Meeting On Invasive Mussels
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2016 (PST)
As invasive zebra and quagga mussels continue to be found in Montana waters -- including last week in the Missouri River – along with infestations in Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada, three high-powered invasive species organizations are throwing an emergency “call to action” meeting next week in British Columbia. Read More...  

Washington, Oregon Fish/Wildlife Commissions Considering Next Moves On Lower River Gillnetting
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2016 (PST)
In its meeting today, December 2, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to approve rulemaking that would extend the transition period through January to implement the Columbia River Fisheries Reform aimed at removing gillnetters from the Lower Columbia River mainstem. Read More...  

Irrigators Petition Trump Transition Team For ‘God Squad’ Intervention In Salmon BiOp Remand
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2016 (PST)
Expecting a more positive reception than it received two years ago, the Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association in Kennewick, Washington, petitioned the Trump transition team to convene the Endangered Species Act Committee, also known as the “God Squad,” for a “reconsultation” of the Federal Columbia River Power System biological opinion for salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

Nez Perce Tribe Seeking Next Step For Steelhead Kelt Facility To Capture, Recondition Spawned Fish
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2016 (PST)
The Nez Perce Tribe proposes to capture and recondition spawned steelhead in the Snake River to increase the steelhead return rate from 0.4 percent to at least 6 percent to meet a federal biological opinion reasonable and prudent alternative. Read More...  

Study Looks At Ways To Reduce Hatchery Steelhead Adaptation To Captivity, Increase Survival
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2016 (PST)
A hatchery reared steelhead fry with dominant and/or aggressive traits will grow bigger than non-dominant fry, but that doesn’t mean that growth will keep pace as the juvenile steelhead is released from the hatchery. Read More...  

EPA Calls Corps’ Draft EIS For Longview Export Coal Terminal ‘Inadequate,’ Suggests Revising
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2016 (PST)
The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday gave an “inadequate” rating to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility at Longview, Washington. Read More...  

Washington, Oregon U.S. Senators Urge Obama To Permanently Ban Oil, Gas Drilling Off West Coast
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2016 (PST)
Northwest U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have in a letter urged President Obama to exercise his authority under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently withdraw the West Coast from consideration for new oil and gas leasing. Read More...  

Research Links Ocean Acidification To Dissolving Shells Of Pteropods, Key Part Of Marine Food Chain
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2016 (PST)
For the first time, NOAA and partner scientists have connected the concentration of human-caused carbon dioxide in waters off the U.S. Pacific coast to the dissolving of shells of microscopic marine sea snails called pteropods. Read More...  

USFWS Issues Final Policy On Mitigating Impacts Of Development To Protect Wildlife, Habitats
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2016 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week announced a final revised “Mitigation Policy” that will guide its review of potential impacts of land and water development projects on America’s wildlife and their habitats. Read More...  

Research: Carrot Better Than Stick When Addressing Environmental Threats To Marine Ecosystems
Posted on Friday, December 02, 2016 (PST)
Incentives that are designed to enable smarter use of the ocean while also protecting marine ecosystems can and do work, and offer significant hope to help address the multiple environmental threats facing the world's oceans, researchers conclude in a new analysis. Read More...  
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