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Expected Record Returns, 1.5 Million Fall Chinook, 638,300 Coho, Likely A Fishing Season To Remember
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2014 (PST)
Aug. 1 marked the opening of the long-awaited “fall” fishing season on the mainstem Columbia River, which this year is expected to see a record number of fall chinook salmon, a run of coho spawners forecast to be 156 percent of the 2004-2013 average and a summer steelhead return similar to the 10-year average. Read More...  

Sturgeon Survey In Hells Canyon Finds A Surprisingly Big One; 75-Years-Old, 10 Feet Long, 470 Pounds
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2014 (PST)
Idaho Power Company biologists recently captured one of the largest fish it has encountered during a three-year survey of the white sturgeon fish population in the lower Snake River. Read More...  

Warm Conditions in Gulf Of Alaska: Basin Salmon, Steelhead May Experience Poor Survival
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2014 (PST)
Menacing “El Nino” signs have eased -- though not disappeared.

But another potential salmon nemesis – an apparent warm phase Pacific Decadal Oscillation – has made an appearance with warmer than average sea surface water conditions from the Gulf of Alaska and the eastern Bering Sea down to the so-called California Current off the coast of Oregon and Washington.
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Corps, Conservation Group Reach Agreement On Reducing Potential Pollutants From Basin Federal Dams
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2014 (PST)
Federal government attorneys and those representing the conservation group Columbia Riverkeeper this week filed a proposed settlement agreement in Eastern Washington’s U.S. District Court that would, as planned, ward off a legal battle about whether Columbia and Snake river hydro projects are releasing pollutants in violation of the Clean Water Act. Read More...  

Snake River Sockeye Making Their Way To Redfish Lake; Nearly Half So Far Of Natural Origin
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2014 (PST)
Success breeds success, or so it would appear with the largest class of sockeye spawners in recent decades returning to central Idaho’s Redfish Lake. Read More...  

Market-Based Water Quality Trading In PNW? Pilot Projects To Begin This Year
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2014 (PST)
Water quality agency staff from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, U.S. EPA Region 10, Willamette Partnership, and The Freshwater Trust released draft recommendations this week on approaches to water quality trading in the Pacific Northwest. Read More...  

Recent Study Confirms Lower Reproductive Success For Hatchery Fish; More Research Needed
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2014 (PST)
Studies of six supplementation programs show reduced reproductive successes for hatchery-bred fish compared to wild fish, but the reasons for the lower reproductive success varies among programs and streams. Read More...  

Science Review Team Releases Report On ‘Updated Perspective’ On Role Of Hatcheries
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2014 (PST)
The Hatchery Scientific Review Team in a June report to Congress summarizes the panel’s recently completed comprehensive review of scientific advancements in hatchery management. Read More...  

Study Shows Important Links Between Juvenile Fish Condition And Survival In Columbia/Snake Steelhead
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2014 (PST)
Survival of Upper Columbia River and Snake River steelhead from the juvenile life stage to returning adults is a process that includes the condition of individual fish, not just the conditions of the river and population, according to a recent study. Read More...  

New Study Design Brings Greater Accuracy To Measuring Juvenile Passage Survival At Federal Dams
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2014 (PST)
Measuring juvenile salmon passage at Columbia/Snake River dams, and hitting survival targets, is a key directive in the federal government’s biological opinion for Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  
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