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Jan. 18, 2008

NOAA RELEASES DRAFT PLAN TO REMOVE SALMON-EATING SEA LIONS
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 (PST)
A draft federal document released Thursday proposes to allow the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington to trap and euthanize predatory California sea lions, or shoot free ranging marine mammals, in specified areas below the Columbia River's Bonneville Dam as a means of reducing their impact on spring chinook salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

STATES, TRIBES EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR FEDS' SEA LION PROPOSAL
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 (PST)
Supporters of the lethal removal of California sea lions as tool in Columbia River basin salmon recovery efforts this week hailed a federal proposal to waive protections for the marine mammals that feast below Bonneville Dam each spring. Read More...  

HAZING AIMED AT STOPPING STELLER SEA LIONS' STURGEON TAKE
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 (PST)
A "hazing" effort under way since mid-December in the waters below the Columbia River's Bonneville Dam has failed, thus far, to produce last year's dramatic results - a routing of huge Steller sea lions that have been plundering prized white sturgeon. Read More...  

FISH, HYDRO MANAGERS DISCUSS POSSIBLE 2008 SPILL, TRANSPORT REGIME
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 (PST)
The Technical Management Team's fishery and hydro managers made up the audience Wednesday for "the rollout of the rollover" -- a draft 2008 spill and transportation plan for the Federal Columbia River Power system that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Rudd Turner says will mimic 2007 operations. Read More...  

PARTIES HOPE TO MESH REVISED COUNCIL F&W PROGRAM WITH FED BIOPS
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 (PST)
In response to a flurry of requests, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council on Tuesday approved a 60-day extension of the deadline for submitting recommendations for amendments to its Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Read More...  

COUNCIL RECOMMENDS $2.4 MILLION FOR BASIN F&W COORDINATION TASKS
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 (PST)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council on Tuesday recommended a $2.4 million annual package for fish and wildlife "coordination" activities after hearing differing rationale about how much money is needed, and how it should be apportioned. Read More...  

EXPECTED LOW WILLAMETTE RETURN PUTS NEW TWIST IN SPRING CHINOOK HARVEST
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 (PST)
Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife commissions will decide next month how the Columbia River basin's spring chinook salmon bounty is shared by non-Indian sport and commercial fishers. Read More...  

NON-NATIVE SPECIES SURVEY SAYS INTENTIONAL STOCKING MAIN CULPRIT
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 (PST)
Scientists at Portland State University and the University of Washington have jointly completed the first targeted survey of nonnative aquatic plants and animals in the middle Columbia River -- Bonneville Dam to Priest Rapids Dam -- and the lower Snake River upstream to the Washington-Idaho border. Read More...  

IDAHO'S BOOTH NEW COUNCIL CHAIRMAN; MONTANA'S MEASURE VICE-CHAIR
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 (PST)
The gavel changed hands this week with Idaho's Bill Booth taking over as chairman of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Read More...  

COUNCIL SAYS PREDICTED RUNOFF IN 2008 KEEPS ELECTRIC SUPPLY IN SURPLUS
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 (PST)
The first official prediction of the 2008 "fuel supply" for the largest source of hydropower in the Northwest -- Columbia River runoff -- is optimistic, according to analysis by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Read More...  
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