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More Rearing Habitat For Upper Columbia Sockeye: Cheap Fix Brings ‘Incredible Biological Benefit'
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 (PST)
Upper Columbia River sockeye salmon that have amazed in recent years with record returns to the Okanogan River system now have more room to roam with new access to an area where potentially more fish can rear, and keep those adult returns strong. Read More...  

Draft Snake River Sockeye Recovery Plan Released For Comment; $101 Million Over 25 Years
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries, the Idaho Office of Species Conservation, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Idaho members of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council on Monday announced the release of the public review draft of the Endangered Species Act recovery plan for Snake River sockeye salmon. Read More...  

Over 2,200 Snake River Sockeye Cross Lower Granite; Provide Broodstock Eggs For Smolt Releases
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 (PST)
The 900-mile trip up the Columbia, Snake and Salmon rivers is complete for at least one sockeye salmon spawner, with the promise of many more to come this year to seed the Sawtooth Valley’s Redfish Lake and help fuel the resurrection of a stock that had, 20 years ago, nearly gone extinct. Read More...  

Approval Given For Re-Introducing Spring Chinook In Okanogan River As ‘Non-Essential Experimental'
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries Service earlier this month gave its final approval for the re-introduction of spring chinook salmon in north-central Washington’s Okanogan River basin as an “non-essential experimental” population under Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

Study Suggests Sedating Chinook When Radio-Tagging Improves Returns To Spawning Tributaries
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 (PST)
Sedating fish to implant radio tags, instead of collecting and restraining them without sedation, significantly reduces the impacts of the procedure on fish used throughout fishery research. Read More...  

More Harvest Periods Set For Summer Runs; Sockeye Forecast At 615,000, Compared To 347,000 Preseason
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 (PST)
With harvests still well within prescribed limits and salmon forecasts growing ever larger, fisheries were approved Wednesday for both the tribal (upstream of Bonneville Dam) and non-tribal (from Bonneville downstream to the mouth of the Columbia river) commercial fleets. Read More...  

Comment Period Extended For Corps Plan To Cull 16,000 Cormorants From Columbia River Estuary
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week announced it has extended by 15 days the public comment period on a draft plan detailing possible alternatives to reduce predation by double-crested cormorants on juvenile salmon and steelhead that are listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

Groups File Sue Notice over Elwha River Hatchery, Say Too Many ‘Maladapted’ Hatchery Fish
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 (PST)
Four conservation groups late last week filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue, claiming that three federal agencies, and officials of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s salmon hatchery on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, are violating Endangered Species Act provisions that prohibit the take of wild listed Puget Sound chinook salmon and steelhead and bull trout. Read More...  

Report Analyzes Western Wildfire Data, Comparing Trends Since 1970s With Temperatures, Snowpacks
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 (PST)
Climate Central’s recent analysis of Western wildfire data, including how wildfire patterns since 1970 have compared to trends in spring and summer temperatures, and spring snowpack, show that more, large infernos have been kindled in recent times due in some part to changed climate conditions. Read More...  

States To Issue Lower Columbia Purse/Beach Seine Permits As Part Of Effort To Phase Out Gill-Nets
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 (PST)
A next big step down a “presumptive path” toward phasing out non-tribal commercial gill-nets on the lower Columbia River will be the deployment late this summer of 10 permit holders equipped with beach and purse seines, equipment that had been outlawed on the river for more than 60 years. Read More...  
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