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March 12, 2010

Agencies Prepare Hydro Operations Plan For Court Submission; Science Advisers Review Spill/Transport
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
The plan is for a "rollover" of the strategy used in 2009 to guide operations of the Columbia-Snake river mainstem hydro projects during the spring of 2010. But at least one major change could take place in May -- federal agencies, due to low flows, may decide to rush as many juvenile salmon as possible downstream aboard barges. Read More...  

Above Lower Granite: Record Steelhead Return Continues, Big Increase In Wild Spring Chinook Expected
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
The record 2009 summer steelhead return to Idaho and northeast Oregon streams has continued unabated into a new year that also may see the biggest upriver spring chinook salmon run in modern times. Read More...  

Washington Ecology Department Petitioned To Ease Dissolved Gas Cap To Allow More Spill For Fish
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
Fishing and conservation groups this week asked the Washington Department of Ecology to ease its totaled dissolved gas restrictions so that hydro projects on the Snake and Columbia rivers can spill more water to help downstream passage of juvenile salmon and steelhead that are listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

'Triggers' Set For Opening Bonneville Dam Corner Collector To Improve Passage For Steelhead Kelt
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week announced plans for implementing operations at the lower Columbia's Bonneville Dam aimed at easing downstream passage for steelhead kelt, which are spawned out fish heading back toward the estuary and ocean to repair themselves for, perhaps, a return to freshwater for another try at reproduction. Read More...  

With Chum Fry Emerging, Flows Can Now Be Held Back To Build Water Reserve For Spring Juveniles
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
The tailwater elevation below Bonneville Dam will be dropped in a stair-step fashion beginning Monday with the expectation that most of the chum salmon fry to be produced this year in wetted gravels downstream will have emerged from their eggshells ready to swim. Read More...  

State Biologists Euthanize Five More California Sea Lions Captured Below Bonneville Dam
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
California sea lions late this week were as scarce as spring chinook salmon in the area just below the lower Columbia River's Bonneville Dam after state biologists captured seven of the big creatures and removed five of them. Read More...  

Oregon's Early Ocean Salmon Seasons Closed; Washington Coast To See Increased Chinook Catch Quotas
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
Oregon's recreational and commercial ocean salmon seasons scheduled to open from March 15 through April 30 have been closed due, in part, to a low projected run of fall chinook to the Sacramento River. Read More...  

EPA Approves Umatilla Tribes' Water Quality Standard, Highest Fish Consumption Rate In Country
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
New Clean Water Act water quality standards recently adopted by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation may be the harbinger of stricter pollution controls for point-source discharges, including those of municipalities and industry. Read More...  

Critical Habitat Designated For Willamette River Valley's Oregon Chub, Listed In 1993
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week designated critical habitat for the Oregon chub, a small fish native to Oregon's Willamette Valley. The Oregon chub was listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1993. Read More...  

Researcher Says Development Of 'Muscular Trout' Could Boost Commercial Aquaculture
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
A 10-year effort by a University of Rhode Island scientist to develop transgenic rainbow trout with enhanced muscle growth has yielded fish with what have been described as six-pack abs and muscular shoulders that could provide a boost to the commercial aquaculture industry. Read More...  
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