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Latest CBB News > Archives > June 6, 2003
June 6, 2003

1. FOUR GOVERNORS PROCLAIM SUPPORT FOR BIOLOGICAL OPINION
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 (PST)
The governors of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington on Thursday banded together to proclaim their support for a federal Columbia River salmon and steelhead recovery plan that has been judged inadequate by a federal court.

The federal strategy is working, the governors said, and should be left in place while the federal agencies address concerns about it expressed by U.S. District Court Judge James L. Redden in a May 7 order.
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2. ISAB: GO SLOW ON SUPPLEMENTATION UNTIL UNKNOWNS ANSWERED
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 (PST)
The harms, potentially, outweigh the benefits of supplementing naturally spawning salmon and steelhead populations with infusions of hatchery fish in most situations, according to a scientific panel.

But the magnitude of the effects produced from those wild/hatchery integrations -- positive or negative -- cannot at this point be accurately measured, says the Independent Scientific Advisory Board's June 4 report.
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3. SENATE PANEL HEARS TESTIMONY ON BPA FINANCES, OBLIGATIONS
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 (PST)
Northwest tribal officials this week asked members of Congress for greater oversight and accountability of the Bonneville Power Administration's finances and performance in meeting salmon recovery and other fish and wildlife obligations.

The head of the federal power marketing agency defended its decision to reduce the budget for fish and wildlife mitigation projects by tribes and others but promised to improve consultation with affected tribes in the future.
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4. LOWER RIVER COUNTIES REJECT CHANNEL DEEPENING PLAN
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 (PST)
Three lower Columbia River counties ruled that much of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer plan to deepen the Columbia River navigation channel by three feet is not consistent with county comprehensive and coastal management plans. Read More...  

5. FISHING, CONSERVATION GROUPS URGE JUDGE TO TOSS BIOP NOW
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 (PST)
Fishing and conservation groups say that a federal Columbia/Snake river salmon protection plan could do more harm than good if left in place while its makers undertake a court-ordered revision to bring it into compliance with the Endangered Species Act and other statutes. Read More...  

6. OCEAN REPORT CALLS FOR MARINE RESERVES, REGIONAL COUNCILS
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 (PST)
The ocean ecosystem where endangered salmon rear and grow to adults is in decline and much of the problem begins on land, according to a report released June 4 that took the Pew Oceans Commission over three years to complete.

While the report paints a dire picture of a polluted ocean off the coasts of the United States where wildlife is in decline, it also says that the reforms outlined by the report in ocean laws and policies could restore the health of the world's oceans.
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