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Corps Report: Pinniped Predation Consumed 4.7 Percent Of Salmonids In 2017 In Bonneville Tailwater
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 (PST)
Some 5,384 salmonids were eaten by sea lions in Bonneville Dam’s tailwater in 2017 before they could migrate up over the dam. That’s 4.7 percent of the entire runs of spring chinook and summer/winter steelhead that passed the dam between Jan. 10 and June 17, 2017, which is the period the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers monitored the number of pinnipeds and how many and what kinds of fish they consumed, according to a recent report. Read More...  

Corps Decides Not To Cull Estuary Cormorants In 2018, Will Continue Hazing, Egg Removal
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 (PST)
In its fourth year of a five-year double-crested cormorant management program in which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has previously lethally removed or culled cormorants at East Sand Island in the lower Columbia River estuary, the federal agency will instead this year just haze the birds and remove a limited number of eggs at the island as a way to keep the number of nesting pairs under control. Read More...  

Conservation Groups Sue Federal Agencies Over ESA-Listed Willamette Salmon, Steelhead
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 (PST)
A coalition of conservation groups this week filed a long-promised lawsuit against federal agencies for what the groups say is a failure to protect and recover threatened upper Willamette River chinook salmon and winter steelhead. Read More...  

Ocean Conditions Returning To Normal (Cooler), Salmon Returns Will Remain Depressed A Few Years
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 (PST)
Ocean conditions off most of the U.S. West Coast are returning roughly to average, after an extreme marine heat wave from about 2014 to 2016 disrupted the California Current Ecosystem and shifted many species beyond their traditional range, according to a new report from NOAA Fisheries' two marine laboratories on the West Coast. Some warm waters remain off the Pacific Northwest, however. Read More...  

Fishery Council Develops Options For Ocean Salmon Fishing, Notes Likely Lower Coho, Chinook Runs
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 (PST)
Salmon managers have developed options for ocean salmon fisheries that reflect concerns over poor projected returns of coho and chinook salmon this year. Read More...  

No Recreational Columbia River Smelt Fishing This Year, Eulachon Run Continues To Decline
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 (PST)
Abundance of Columbia River smelt is so low this year that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided not to open the Cowlitz River to recreational smelt dip-net fishing. Read More...  

Briefing Arguments Begin In District Court On Deschutes River Clean Water Case
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 (PST)
After nearly two years of challenges to its lawsuit, a conservation group is getting its chance to argue the merits of its case in U.S. District Court of Oregon. The court case charges Portland General Electric with water quality violations due to its operations at the Pelton/Round Butte complex of dams on Oregon’s Deschutes River. Read More...  

New Study Shows Dramatic Decline In Snowpack In Western States, Down 15 To 30 Percent
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 (PST)
A new study of long-term snow monitoring sites in the western United States found declines in snowpack at more than 90 percent of those sites – and one-third of the declines were deemed significant. Read More...  

Juvenile Fish Evacuated To Leaburg Hatchery Due To Gorge Fire Now Headed To Other Hatcheries
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 (PST)
Many of the 1.75 million juvenile fish evacuated from Cascade Hatchery in Cascade Locks after last year’s Eagle Creek Fire in the Gorge are now on their way from the Pacific Northwest’s rivers to the Columbia River and eventually, the Pacific Ocean. Read More...  

Tentative Schedule For Amending Four-State Columbia River Basin Fish And Wildlife Program Outlined
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 (PST)
As it begins to amend its 2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, the Northwest Power Act (Section 4h) requires the Fish and Wildlife Committee of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to solicit recommendations from tribes, state and federal agencies, and the public. Read More...  
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