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BiOp Judge Approves Extension For Feds In Delivering A Plan For Responding To Court Directives
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 (PST)
In rejecting much of NOAA Fisheries’ 2014 biological opinion for salmon and steelhead impacted by the Federal Columbia River Power System, U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon gave the agency two years – to March 1, 2018 – to return with a new recovery plan and National Environmental Policy Act documents. Read More...  

River Managers Increase Spill At Lower Snake’s Lower Monumental Dam To Aid Juvenile Sockeye
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 (PST)
The amount of water to be spilled at Lower Monumental Dam on the lower Snake River was increased Friday to aid the passage of juvenile sockeye salmon and steelhead that are now migrating downstream to the ocean. Read More...  

Elevated Flows At Libby Dam Aimed At Benefitting Kootenai River Sturgeon
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 (PST)
An elevated flow operation at Libby Dam, intended to benefit wild Kootenai River white sturgeon, got underway late last week, and the outlook for reservoir refill above the dam is expected to fall well short of full pool this year. Read More...  

Considering Predation Levels When Reintroducing Salmonids Above High Head Dams
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 (PST)
When reintroducing anadromous fish into blocked areas upstream of high head dams, such as what is being considered at Grand Coulee Dam, biologists and policymakers want to know if there is sufficient quality habitat to support salmon and steelhead before investing the considerable resources needed. Read More...  

Pinniped-Fishery Task Force To Reconvene To Consider 5 More Years Of Killing Sea Lions At Bonneville
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries announced that it is reconvening the Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force to provide NOAA Fisheries with a recommendation to either approve or deny the states of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington's, January application requesting a 5-year extension of the states' 2012 Letter of Authorization allowing lethal removal of sea lions at Bonneville Dam. Read More...  

Harvest Managers Downgrade Spring Chinook Return But Approve More Fishing Days
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 (PST)
The estimated size of the upriver spring chinook salmon run was reduced by nearly five percent this week by the U.S. v Oregon technical advisory committee. Still, the two-state Columbia River Compact, which met Wednesday, set additional recreational and non-Indian commercial fishing dates. Read More...  

Managing Salmon Fisheries For Northeast Oregon’s End-Of-The-Line, Remote Rivers Tricky
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 (PST)
Managing salmon fisheries in northeast Oregon’s remote rivers makes forecasting tricky - a task assigned to Oregon Fish and Wildlife fish biologist Jeff Yanke, based in Enterprise. Read More...  

Group To Sue PGE Over Deschutes River Water Quality;Blames Lake Billy Chinook Water Withdrawal Tower
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 (PST)
Citing more than 1,200 proposed water quality violations at the Pelton-Round Butte Hydroelectric Complex on the Deschutes River, the Deschutes River Alliance notified Portland General Electric last Friday of its intent to sue in 60 days. Read More...  

Council Approves Another Step Forward On $8 Million Sturgeon Hatchery To Boost Numbers In Mainstem
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 (PST)
A plan to develop a white sturgeon supplementation hatchery near Toppenish, Wash. proceeded to the second step of the process last week. The Northwest Power and Conservation Council at its meeting in Boise, Idaho approved the step after a review by the Independent Scientific Review found that the latest version of the hatchery master plan meets scientific review criteria. Read More...  

Study: Ocean Acidification Threatens Northwest Dungeness Crab, Region’s Largest Fishery By Revenue
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 (PST)
Ocean acidification expected to accompany climate change may slow development and reduce survival of the larval stages of Dungeness crab, a key component of the Northwest marine ecosystem and the largest fishery by revenue on the West Coast, a new study has found. Read More...  
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