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American Fisheries Conference Explores Hatchery Issues, Hatchery/Wild Fish Interactions, Resiliency
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 (PST)
Some five billion hatchery salmon and steelhead are released into the North Pacific each year, including fish from 155 salmon, steelhead and trout hatcheries in the Northwest. But it’s the natural populations of fish that biologists believe to be the most resilient to climate change, according to a series of oral presentations at the 145th American Fisheries Society conference in Portland. Read More...  

With Catch Rate Highest On Record, Buoy 10 Chinook Fishing Closed To Preserve Upstream Sport Fishery
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 (PST)
After record-breaking catches of fall chinook salmon in the Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River, the two-state Columbia River Compact is prohibiting the take of all chinook salmon beginning tomorrow. Read More...  

Smoke, Lower Air Temperatures Keep Lower Snake Cooler; 33 Sockeye Make It To Redfish Lake Trap
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 (PST)
The Lower Granite Dam tailrace temperature is holding at around an average of 66 degrees Fahrenheit, a couple of degrees lower than the maximum 68 degree water temperature set by a NOAA Fisheries biological opinion for Columbia/Snake river salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

BiOp Litigants Respond To Judge’s Questions, Now Await Ruling On Summary Judgement Motions
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 (PST)
Litigants in a long-running legal battle over a strategy for protecting and enhancing conditions for salmon and steelhead fisheries in the Columbia and Snake river basins have formally responded to questions from U.S. District Judge Michael Simon, who is expected to rule on requests for summary judgement in the near future. Read More...  

Study Looks At Ways To Reduce Time, Cost Of Estimating Fish Passage, Abundance At Certain Dams
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 (PST)
When counting salmon, steelhead or lamprey passing dams, a recent study found that abundance can be estimated by employing probabilistic sampling designs, rather than having to count every fish passing the dam. Read More...  

Research Details Columbia River Sturgeon Health; Fish Commonly Found With Old Fishing Hooks, Tackle
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 (PST)
As Northwest scientists work to understand why 80 large sturgeon suddenly died in the Columbia River last month, a BPA research project focused on sturgeon sexual maturity attempts to gain insight into the reproductive cycle of the ancient fish. Read More...  

Snake River Cutthroat Study: Spawning Diversity Habitat, Connectivity Key To Conservation Efforts
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 (PST)
Very few rivers are still intact enough to study the full life history diversity of resident fish, but at least one population of Snake River finespotted cutthroat trout in Grand Teton National Park is intact enough to give clues as to which patterns of diversity should be targets of conservation efforts, according to a study published this summer. Read More...  

Warm Water, Disease Kills 150,000 Juvenile Steelhead At Rock Creek Hatchery
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 (PST)
High water temperatures and repeated bouts of bacteria and parasite infections beginning in May have killed over 150,000 summer steelhead fingerlings at Rock Creek Hatchery on the North Umpqua River. Read More...  

NOAA Releases New Climate Science Strategy To Reduce Climate Change Effects On Fisheries
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 (PST)
NOAA, saying ocean conditions continue to change, putting ocean ecosystems and the communities that rely upon them at risk, this week took what the agency says is a first step in providing regional fisheries managers and stakeholders with information they need to reduce the effects of climate change and build resilience. Read More...  

Photos Show Wolf Pups In Northern California; Designated The Group ‘Shasta Pack’
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 (PST)
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has photographic evidence of five gray wolf pups and two adults in Northern California. Read More...  
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