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Latest CBB News > Archives > Mar 19, 2004
Mar 19, 2004

COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN EXPRESS CONCERNS ABOUT PINNIPED PREDATION ON SPRING CHINOOK
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 (PST)
Columbia River mainstem commercial fishermen already severely limited by the Endangered Species Act say they are watching their limited opportunities stolen away by hungry mammals -- sea lions and seals that appear to be visiting the river in greater numbers than ever on the heals of returning smelt and spring chinook salmon runs. Read More...  

WATER SUPPLY FORECAST DROPS; CORPS MAKES RESERVOIR REFILL CHANGES
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 (PST)
A falling Columbia River Basin water supply forecast signaling a drier year than was expected earlier is causing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to adjust its mid-April flood control targets. Read More...  

PFMC TO ADOPT CATCH QUOTA WITH ESA-LISTED STOCKS IN MIND
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 (PST)
The PFMC determines the annual exploitation or harvest rate for a mix of wild and hatchery fish in coastal areas out to 200 miles offshore. When it sets those quotas, it must keep fishing pressure to a minimum level for the weakest of the Columbia River and Puget Sound salmon stocks listed under the endangered species act. Read More...  

NW HOUSE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION SUPPORTS REDUCED SPILL TESTS
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 (PST)
Ten Northwest members of Congress support the Bonneville Power Administration's efforts to test reduced summer spill operations.

However, they ask for up to three years of testing and say the change in spill operations should be mitigated and result in the same or better conditions for salmon at a lower cost to Northwest electric ratepayers.
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RIVER MANAGERS APPROVE HIGHER POOLS FOR TOWBOAT SAFETY
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 (PST)
Pools behind three lower Snake River dams will have more water again this year to give towboat operators the margin of safety they need in the navigation channel to transport goods to and from Snake River ports and to safely enter and leave locks at Snake River dams. Read More...  

NOAA FISHERIES SEEKS MORE TIME IN SALMONID ESA LISTING REVIEW
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries last week asked a Spokane, Wash., federal court to push back by 90 days the deadline for completion of eight salmon and steelhead Endangered Species Act listing proposals, citing the "unexpected complexity" of the biology and policy related to the task. Read More...  

FEDS SEEK STAY OF IRRIGATORS’ CHALLENGE TO 2000 HYDRO BIOP
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 (PST)
Legal jousting continued last week with the Justice Department asking that a Portland U.S. District Court judge stay one legal challenge to the federal government's salmon recovery plan until a separate lawsuit completes its first stage. Read More...  

WDFW MOVES BACK DATE FOR WILD STEELHEAD MORATORIUM
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004 (PST)
The effective date for a recently adopted statewide moratorium on wild steelhead retention will be May 1, consistent with the start of the next fishing season, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week. Read More...  

 

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