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May 2, 2008

New Columbia River Basin Salmon Recovery Strategies Released
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 (PST)
NOAA's Fisheries Service released today three interwoven "biological opinions" that represent what the agency says is the most comprehensive strategy yet developed to protect listed 13 Columbia River basin salmon and steelhead species and lift them toward recovery. Read More...  

Commerce Secretary Declares West Coast Fishery Failure; Opens Door for Disaster Relief
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 (PST)
With the "backbone of the West Coast salmon industry" broken, the federal government declared a commercial fishery failure on Thursday, which opens the door for Congress to appropriate money to alleviate predicted financial hardships. Read More...  

NOAA Science Centers Assembling Team to Address PFMC's Questions on Salmon Decline
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 (PST)
Federal scientists believe that natural forces -- unfavorable ocean conditions -- were the most influential factors in the infamous collapse of Sacramento fall chinook salmon fortunes last year, and the record low return forecast this year. Read More...  

Record-Weighing Captured Sea Lion Dies; Humane Society Wants Trapping Halt
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 (PST)
A California sea lion captured Monday as part of a state effort to remove the animals from below the Columbia River's Bonneville Dam died the next day during a health examination at a Tacoma zoo. Read More...  

Analysis Measures Salmon Survival Benefits From MOA Habitat, Hatchery Projects
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 (PST)
Habitat improvements charted under a new memorandum of agreement between federal agencies and tribes could more than double, in a few cases, the survival of protected salmon and steelhead from the egg to smolt stage, according to biological analysis produced by the Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama tribes. Read More...  

Columbia River Harvest Managers Downgrade Spring Chinook Return Numbers
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 (PST)
Lagging counts at Bonneville Dam's fish ladders have prompted fishery officials to scale back estimates of how many upriver spring chinook salmon will return to the mouth of the Columbia River this year. Read More...  

Oregon Considering Higher Fish Consumption Rate Impacting Pollutant Discharges
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 (PST)
A newly proposed fish consumption rate for Oregon is intended to better protect the health of those who eat fish, particularly Native Americans, and improve the water quality of streams and rivers. Read More...  

USFWS Says Bull Trout 'Distinct Population Segments' Should Be Listed Separately
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 (PST)
Bull trout should retain their "threatened" status under the Endangered Species Act and there should be distinctions established between populations across the Northwest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week. Read More...  

Wanapum Dam's New 290-foot Fish Bypass Slide Begins Moving Spring Migrants
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 (PST)
Starting this spring, a 290-foot water slide will aid Columbia River salmon smolts on their journey towards the Pacific Ocean. Read More...  

Slow-melting Western Montana Snowpack Likely to Create Spring Flooding
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 (PST)
The National Weather Service is projecting that there will be flooding in western Montana because of a stubborn mountain snowpack. Read More...  
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