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Study Analyzes Effects Of Supplementation On Natural-Origin Salmon Abundance
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 (PST)
A recent study that compared 12 wild chinook salmon populations that had been the focus of hatchery supplementation programs and 10 populations of salmon that had never been the focus of supplementation programs found none to small benefits in natural salmon abundance. Read More...  

Flows Increased At McNary To Move Fish Through Columbia Dams; No More Dworshak Water Available
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 (PST)
Calling on more water from Grand Coulee Dam, fisheries managers increased the average river flow objective at McNary Dam today (Friday, May 22) from 180,000 cubic feet per second to 210 kcfs for 10 days as a way to assist juvenile salmon past downstream Columbia River dams. Read More...  

Harvest/River Managers Approve Tribal Gillnet Fishery Above Bonneville Dam
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 (PST)
The two-state Columbia River Compact, made up of Oregon and Washington fisheries managers, approved on Monday a gillnet spring fishery in Zone 6 (Bonneville through John Day pools) for treaty tribes. Read More...  

Flow Augmentation For Kootenai River White Sturgeon Gets Underway At Libby Dam
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 (PST)
Flow augmentation for Kootenai River white sturgeon got underway today, Friday, May 22, at Libby Dam after U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water managers, along with federal, tribal, and state fishery biologists, have determined that water temperatures and flows are sufficient for the operations to begin. Read More...  

Opponents Of Lower Snake Dredging Plan Continue To Press Case With Motion For Summary Judgement
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 (PST)
Plaintiffs in ongoing litigation over dredging to maintain navigation operations in the Lower Snake River corridor are continuing to press their claims that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have failed to comply with federal law. Read More...  

Pond Acclimation Projects Considered To Improve Supplementation In Two Upper Columbia Watersheds
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 (PST)
Eight acclimation ponds designed to improve juvenile rearing and adult returns in the Methow and Wenatchee river watersheds is under environmental review by the Bonneville Power Administration. Read More...  

Upper John Day Opens For Spring Chinook Fishing; Some Hells Canyon Fish Transferred To Powder River
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 (PST)
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week that the upper John Day River will open for salmon fishing from May 20 through June 7, 2015. The river will be open for the 26 miles from the Hwy 207 bridge (located .5 mile downstream of Service Creek, Ore.) upstream to the mouth of North Fork John Day River near Kimberly, Ore. Read More...  

Workshop Takes A Look At How Wildfires May Help Or Hurt Columbia Basin Salmon
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 (PST)
Fire and aquatic scientists gathered last week in Portland on the brink of an anticipated severe wildfire season to discuss how wildfires may help or hurt habitat for salmon, trout and other aquatic life and how restoration of fish habitat can improve its resiliency to fire and other influences such as climate change. Read More...  

Chemical Tags In Ear Bones Allow Researchers To Track Bristol Bay Salmon, Determine Birth Streams
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 (PST)
A chemical signature recorded on the ear bones of chinook salmon from Alaska's Bristol Bay region could tell scientists and resource managers where they are born and how they spend their first year of life. Read More...  

Feds Propose New Actions Under ESA; Require Petitioners To Solicit Information From State Agencies
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service announced this week an additional suite of actions the Obama Administration will take to improve the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act and demonstrate its flexibility. Read More...  
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