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Upper Willamette Basin Reservoir Drawdown Boosts Survival For Wild Chinook, Steelhead
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 (PST)
Tests over the past three years involving the drawdown of the Upper Willamette River Basin’s Fall Creek Reservoir to run-of-river levels in late fall have proven so successful at pushing juvenile salmon and steelhead downriver safely that the U.S. Corps of Engineers plans to employ the strategy annually until further notice. Read More...  

Draft Proposal Adds To ESA-Driven Efforts To Improve Passage For Wild Upper Willamette Chinook
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week released for public comments a draft environmental assessment of a proposed plan to upgrade the existing fish collection facility at west central Oregon’s Fall Creek Dam to enhance upriver passage of adult Upper Willamette River chinook, steelhead and other native species. Read More...  

California Study: Wild, Larger Steelhead At Higher Risk Than Hatchery Fish Of Predation By Sea Birds
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 (PST)
Wild steelhead have a greater chance at survival to return to spawn than do hatchery steelhead, but they are also the fish at a higher risk of predation by sea birds. Read More...  

Whooshh System, Known As Salmon Cannon, Gets Popular Science Award; Used On Washougal River
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 (PST)
Bellevue, Wash.,-based Whooshh Innovations (www.whooshh.com) on Wednesday announced that its proprietary Whooshh Fish Transport System -- also known as the Salmon Cannon -- has won the prestigious “Best of What’s New Award” from Popular Science magazine. Read More...  

Historic Coho Season Ends In Idaho; Record 18,000 Cross Lower Granite, 6 Times 10-Year Average
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 (PST)
The historic, first-time-ever season for coho salmon in Idaho will end for the year Sunday, Nov. 16 in the Clearwater River basin. Read More...  

WDFW Begins Steelhead Planning On Several Rivers With Public Meeting, Work Group Nominations
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 (PST)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting Nov. 20 in Cathlamet, Wash., to begin the process of developing steelhead management plans for several tributaries to the Columbia River. Read More...  

Japan: Nuclear Contamination In Salmon Due To Food Supply, Not From The Water
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 (PST)
A follow-up study to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan on March 11, 2011, places the blame for most radiocaesium contamination in salmonids directly on the fish’s food supply, not on the water that surrounds them. Read More...  

Study Highlights Division Between Scientists, Farmers Over Whether Climate Change Occurring, Causes
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 (PST)
Crop producers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes, a study by Purdue and Iowa State universities shows. Read More...  

Oceans Changing In Step With Rising CO2 Emissions; New Global Maps Show Fluctuations In PNW
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 (PST)
A team of scientists has published the most comprehensive picture yet of how acidity levels vary across the world’s oceans, providing a benchmark for years to come as enormous amounts of human-caused carbon emissions continue to wind up at sea. Read More...  

Research: Sea Lions Taking Larger Numbers Of Spring Chinook (45 Percent?) From Lower Columbia River
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2014 (PST)
An increased presence of sea lions in the Columbia River estuary in springtime is taking a huge bite out of a spring chinook salmon run that include species listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  
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