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Council OKs $4.5 Million For 5-Year Program To Suppress, Monitor Invasive Pike In Lake Roosevelt
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 (PST)
A proposal to beef up suppression and monitoring of invasive northern pike in Lake Roosevelt was approved this week by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Read More...  

New Water Chemistry Strategies By IDFG Increase Survival Of Snake River Sockeye Smolts
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 (PST)
A NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center report on juvenile salmon released last year found that survival of juvenile sockeye salmon – both hatchery and wild – from Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River to Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River was just 17.6 percent, the fourth lowest survival estimate from 1998 to 2017. Read More...  

Study Identifies Ocean Distribution Of Fall Chinook; Should Help Target/Avoid Certain Stocks
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 (PST)
A recent study of the general locations of salmon in the Pacific Ocean could help managers steer heavy fishing away from threatened and endangered stocks. Read More...  

Tie Vote In U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Lower Court Rulings In Washington State Fish Culverts Case
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 (PST)
Without offering an explanatory opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a tie vote Monday affirming the position of Washington Indian tribes in a lengthy litigation series requiring the state to modify road culverts that block salmon passage. Read More...  

Bonneville Power Looking At Spending Reductions In Columbia Basin Fish/Wildlife Spending
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 (PST)
The Columbia River basin fish and wildlife budget funded by the Bonneville Power Administration will likely see as much as a 10 percent cut in fiscal year 2019, according to Bryan Mercier, executive director of BPA’s fish and wildlife division. Read More...  

Pacific Lamprey Return To Umatilla River In Record Numbers; From Functionally Extinct To Over 2,600
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 (PST)
Pacific lamprey, a prehistoric fish native to the Columbia River basin and treasured by Native American people, are returning to Oregon’s Umatilla River in record numbers. Read More...  

Fish/River Managers Have Differing Interpretations On What ‘Spill To The Gas Cap’ Looks Like
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 (PST)
As river flows decline and court-ordered spill to gas caps comes to an end at eight Snake and Columbia River dams, fisheries managers at the interagency Technical Management Team this week argued over how “spill to the gas cap” should be defined. Read More...  

Judge Rejects Dismissal Of Deschutes River Clean Water Case, Says Tribes Should Also Be Defendant
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 (PST)
A June 11 U.S. District Court of Oregon decision ruled against dismissing the 2016 case brought by the Deschutes River Alliance against Portland General Electric. In that lawsuit, DRA alleged PGE is violating Clean Water Act rules due to their operations of the Pelton Round Butte Complex of dams on the lower Deschutes River. Read More...  

IDFG Biologists Seek Help From Anglers In Researching Land-Locked Chinook Salmon
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 (PST)
Idaho Fish and Game stocks land-locked chinook salmon in lakes and reservoirs, and biologists are asking anglers to help them learn more about these fish in Anderson Ranch, Lucky Peak and Deadwood reservoirs in southwest Idaho, and Spirit Lake in North Idaho. Read More...  

Ocean’s Wild Forage Fish Populations Under Pressure As Key Food Source For Farmed Fish
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018 (PST)
Anchovies, herring, sardines and other forage fish play an essential role in the food web as prey for seabirds, marine mammals and larger fish like salmon. When ground into fishmeal and oil, they are also a key food source for farmed seafood and land-based livestock such as pigs and poultry. Read More...  
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