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With Temps Rising, Corps Cools Snake River With Dworshak Water To Aid Endangered Snake River Sockeye
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 (PST)
Cool water from Dworshak Dam on Idaho’s North Fork Clearwater River is keeping tailwater temperatures at Lower Granite Dam cool as air temperatures in the lower Snake River rise into the 90s. The water is released to ensure that adult Snake River sockeye salmon, listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, have a cool passage upstream. Read More...  

Council Fish/Wildlife Committee Discusses Tribal Plans To Restore Pacific Lamprey To Historic Range
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 (PST)
The first few phases of a long-range plan by tribes to restore Pacific lamprey runs into Columbia River tributaries through artificial propagation and translocation was given a tentative approval this week by the Fish and Wildlife Committee of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Read More...  

Study Looks At Harbor Seal Predation, Wild Chinook Survival In Washington, British Columbia Waters
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 (PST)
Data from 20 wild fall chinook salmon populations in Washington and British Columbia waters has shown that 19 of the populations when returning as adults had been affected by predation by harbor seals as juveniles, and that 14 of those populations had negative effects that were significant. Read More...  

Council F&W Committee Talks Policy About BPA Project Funding Cuts, Columbia Basin Fish Accords
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 (PST)
Looking for a 10 percent cut in Bonneville Power Administration fish and wildlife funding and with an extension of the Columbia Basin Fish Accords still uncertain, one member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council this week says he would like to see a closer coordination between the Council and Bonneville in determining priorities, especially with the Accords. Read More...  

Council Briefed On Status, Funding Of Efforts To Halt Invasive Mussels With Watercraft Inspections
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 (PST)
The frontline defense against the entry of invasive and damaging quagga and zebra mussels into the Northwest is Montana’s huge program to detect infested boats as they enter the state. It is also the only one of four Northwest states that has detected mussels in water bodies -- Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs east of Continental Divide. Read More...  

Summer Chinook Angling Ends Upstream Of Bonneville Dam, Treaty Fishing Gets Three More Days
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 (PST)
The number of summer chinook salmon expected to enter the Columbia River took another nose dive last week when biologists that estimate those numbers downgraded the run another 15 percent. Read More...  

Transboundary Commission Members Seek Data On Canada Mine Pollution Into Kootenai River Drainage
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 (PST)
A U.S.-Canadian panel charged with resolving disputes related to the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 has run into a rare conflict — the U.S. members of the International Joint Commission say their Canadian counterparts have refused to publish their own country’s data showing pollution impacts from British Columbia mines to waters flowing into Montana. Read More...  

New NOAA Fisheries Draft Plan Aims For Ecosystem-Based Management Principles On West Coast
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region, with its Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, Calif., and Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, have released a new blueprint for how the agency will put ecosystem-based management principles into practice on the West Coast. Read More...  

Research Shows Large Numbers Of Pink Salmon Impacting Food Availability in Northern Seas
Posted on Sunday, July 01, 2018 (PST)
Every other year, large numbers of eastern Kamchatka pink salmon appear in the eastern Pacific Ocean, impacting the amount of large phytoplankton and copepods available for salmon to eat in the southern Bering Sea and around the Aleutian Islands where they rear, according to a recent study. Read More...  

U.S. House Approves Bill Streamlining Sea Lion Removal Process For Columbia River, Tributaries
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 (PST)
A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) aimed at improving the survival of Columbia River salmon and steelhead listed under the federal Endangered Species Act by selectively removing some predatory sea lions from the Columbia River and certain tributaries passed the U.S. House Tuesday with a 288-116 vote. Read More...  
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