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ODFW Analysis: With Continued Sea Lion Predation Willamette Winter Steelhead At Risk Of Extinction
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 (PST)
Upper Willamette River winter steelhead were listed as threatened under the federal endangered species act in March 1999 due to the impact on the native fish by federal dams and habitat loss. Harvest of the fish has not been allowed for more than 20 years. Read More...  

Managing Snake River Steelhead With A-Run, B-Run Dichotomy: Is There A Better Way?
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 (PST)
As they set harvest limits on steelhead fisheries in the Columbia and Snake rivers, managers have long used timing, the number of the fish crossing dams and the length of the fish as their yardsticks. According to a recent study, this technique for fisheries managers may be an oversimplification and even out of date. Read More...  

Snake River Sockeye Trickling Into Stanley Basin; Upper Columbia Sockeye Numbers Far Below Average
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 (PST)
After an 800 mile journey through eight dams and 6,500 feet in elevation gain, the first batch of endangered Snake River sockeye salmon are arriving in Idaho’s Stanley Basin, including four naturally produced fish and nine hatchery fish as of August 9, according to Idaho Department of Fish and Game information. Read More...  

Alaska Announces Non-Retention Of Chinook Salmon Throughout SE Alaska, ‘Poor Production Conditions'
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 (PST)
Due to poor ocean survival conditions for chinook (king) salmon, which are persisting in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia, extreme management measures are necessary to restrict harvests in coast wide fisheries that are directed at stocks originating in Southeast Alaska, Northern British Columbia, the Fraser River, and the Washington Coast, says the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Read More...  

Due To Low Numbers Of Estuary Cormorants Showing Nesting Activity, Culling Remains Suspended
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 (PST)
As many as 19,000 double-breasted and pelagic cormorants are hanging out at East Sand Island, a tiny dredge spoil island in the lower Columbia River estuary, as of the end of July. Some are mating but only about 500 are exhibiting nesting behaviors, far fewer at this time of year than is normal. Read More...  

Choice Of Spawning Habitat May Result In Lower Reproductive Success For Hatchery Spring Chinook
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 (PST)
Where salmon choose to spawn within a river system has an impact on their relative reproductive success. Read More...  

Montana Effort To Restore Native Fish In Alpine Flathead Lakes Nears Finish Line
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 (PST)
An ambitious, long-term effort to restore native fisheries in alpine lakes above Montana’s South Fork Flathead River drainage — a major tributary in the Columbia River headwaters — is coming to a successful conclusion this fall. Read More...  

Temperatures To Cool In Lower Snake River, Riverboat Needs Higher Pool At Port Of Clarkston
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 (PST)
Daily high air temperatures have been hovering around 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Lewiston, Idaho, causing the lower Snake River to heat up to nearly 70 degrees F at the Lower Granite Dam tailrace this week despite continued releases of cold water from Dworshak Dam on the North Fork of the Clearwater River. Read More...  

Imnaha River Research Revealing Some Of The Mysteries Of Drainage’s Threatened Steelhead
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 (PST)
Steelhead trout research on a remote northeast Oregon river is showing good reason for the fish’s threatened status under the federal Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

Dillon Dam Removal On Umatilla River Good For Fish Passage And Irrigators
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 (PST)
More than 20 years after irrigators threw out the idea in jest, Dillon Dam – the biggest obstacle for migrating fish and lamprey on the Umatilla River – is being removed. Read More...  
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