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Report: Ocean Conditions Appear To Be Heading In Right Direction For Improving Salmon-Steelhead Runs
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2019 (PST)
Coastal waters are cooling and attracting higher value, more fat-rich food -- a good sign for salmon, steelhead and ocean predators, such as Orcas -- after several years of unusually warm conditions (2014 – 2016), when the warm water “blob” dominated coastal conditions, according to a report released last week by NOAA Fisheries. Read More...  

More Salmon/Steelhead To Columbia River Than Last Year, But Forecasts Mixed Among Species
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2019 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries saw the lowest number of juvenile coho salmon in 21 years in offshore test nets in 2017, leading to low returns of coho to the Columbia River basin one year later in 2018 when they were adults. Read More...  

Salmon Fishing Rules Off NW Coast To Be Guided By Need To Protect Low Numbers Of Chinook
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2019 (PST)
With a strong coho salmon run expected this year, but low estimates of chinook salmon, the Pacific Fishery Management Council has developed three options with quotas for fishing off the Washington coast. Read More...  

Proposed Amendments To Basin Fish/Wildlife Program Stress Reintroducing Salmon Above Blocked Areas
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2019 (PST)
Providing access to areas upstream of dams in the Columbia River basin that when built blocked passage for anadromous fish is a priority in many of the amendment proposals to its basin Fish and Wildlife Program received by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Read More...  

Corps Proposal For Downstream Fish Passage At McKenzie River’s Cougar Dam Out For Review
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2019 (PST)
A 30-day comment period began this week (March 11) on a draft environmental assessment for downstream fish passage at Cougar Dam on the south fork of Oregon’s McKenzie River. The public review period will end April 10. Read More...  

Report On 2018 BPA Fish/Wildlife Costs Released For Comment; $16.8 Billion Since 1981
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2019 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration spent nearly $260 million in direct costs for its Fish and Wildlife Program in fiscal year 2018, according to a draft report approved for public comment by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Read More...  

Registration Open For Columbia Basin Transboundary Conference In British Columbia
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2019 (PST)
Online registration is open for the Columbia Basin Transboundary Conference: One River, One Future, an international conference addressing key issues related to the future of the Columbia River, its ecosystem, management, and international implications. Read More...  

B.C. Research Shows Respiratory Fitness Of Farmed West Coast Salmon Unaffected By Virus
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2019 (PST)
The respiratory systems of Atlantic salmon function normally even when carrying large loads of piscine orthoreovirus (PRV), new University of British Columbia research has found. Read More...  

During the 2014-16 West Coast Marine Heatwave (‘Blob’) Record-Breaking Number Of Species Moved North
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2019 (PST)
During the marine heatwave of 2014-16, scientists from the University of California, Davis, noticed creatures typically seen only in places like Baja California, Mexico, showing up outside the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. These included warm-water species of jellyfish, crabs, nudibranchs, fish and even dolphins and sea turtles. Read More...  

New BPA VP Of Environment, Fish And Wildlife Addresses Council On Fish And Wildlife Issues
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2019 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration has spent billions of dollars on Columbia River basin fish and wildlife mitigation and it continues to spend nearly $300 million each year in direct expenses for the Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Program. Read More...  
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