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Sea Lions Showing Large Presence In Lower Columbia; Smelt First, Then Come Spring Chinook
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 (PST)
The late winter presence of marine mammals in the lower Columbia River has been huge, and obvious, with animals settling in at Astoria, Ore., and other estuary sites to prey, many suspect, on returning eulachon. Read More...  

Less Nesting Habitat Has Led To Higher Nesting Density For Estuary’s Salmonid-Eating Caspian Terns
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 (PST)
A plan to disperse the largest share of Caspian terns from the species’ largest West Coast nesting colony has thus far fallen short so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District is offering for public comment a strategy that would further reduce desirable habitat at the lower Columbia River’s East Sand Island. Read More...  

Anglers’ Live Capture Aiding WDFW In Providing Broodstock For Hanford Reach Steelhead
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 (PST)
Mid-Columbia River anglers are being asked to help insure future fisheries by catching and providing live hatchery steelhead to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to restock the Ringold Springs Hatchery on the Columbia north of the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland). Read More...  

Anticipated ‘Very Poor’ Spring Chinook Returns To Deschutes River Closes Fishing
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 (PST)
Fisheries managers have announced that the popular spring chinook salmon fishery on the north-central Oregon’s Deschutes River will not open in 2015 because of an anticipated “very poor return of both hatchery and wild fish this season.” Read More...  

PFMC Protects Forage Fish, Adopts Ecosystem Approach To Fisheries Management
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 (PST)
The governing agency that sets regulations for United States fisheries in the Pacific Ocean along the West Coast acted this week to protect unmanaged and unfished forage fish, some of the smallest fish in the ocean, but also some of the most important in the food chain. Read More...  

PFMC Approves 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries Alternatives For Public Review
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 (PST)
Anglers fishing along the north Oregon and Washington coasts, including off the mouth of the Columbia River, will likely see a catch quota for chinook salmon similar to last year's and a lower quota for coho, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Read More...  

A Weak El Nino Has Arrived, Enhanced Chance For Warm Spring In Western Oregon, Western Washington
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 (PST)
The long-anticipated El Niño has finally arrived, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. In their updated monthly outlook released March 5, forecasters issued an El Niño Advisory to declare the arrival of the ocean-atmospheric phenomenon marked by warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean near the equator. Read More...  

Study Looks At Pacific Lamprey That Pass 8 Dams Into Snake River Tributaries, Notes Good Habitat
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 (PST)
Pacific Lamprey that spawn in Idaho and Oregon rivers, migrate 900 kilometers to 1,100 kilometers (559 to 683 miles) from the ocean, which are among the longest distances traveled by any lamprey species in freshwater. Read More...  

Study Develops Forecasts On Which Columbia Basin Streams Will Serve As ‘Climate Refugia’
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 (PST)
Interior Columbia River basin researchers bring at least some good news to an ever darkening picture of potential impacts to fish and wildlife from global warming. Read More...  

USFWS Distributes Wildlife Grant Money To States To Address Species Of Special Concern
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week the nationwide distribution of more than $45 million to states under the 2015 State Wildlife Grant Program. Of this amount, more than $3 million will be disbursed to Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa to help prevent “Species of Special Concern” from becoming threatened, endangered, or extinct. Read More...  
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