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August 07, 2009

Headlines and Links, CBB, 08/07/2009
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 (PST)

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News

August 7, 2009

Issue No. 495
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Strengthening El Nino Conditions Could Bring Warmer, Drier Winter To Basin
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 (PST)
Strengthening "El Nino" conditions in the equatorial Pacific in combination with a Pacific Decadal Oscillation "warm phase" pushes up the odds that the Pacific Northwest will experience a winter season warmer and drier than usual, according to the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group. Read More...  

Administration Gets Plenty Of Advice As It Assesses Federal Salmon Recovery Plan
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 (PST)
President Obama's mailbox is stuffed with advice from former governors, current senators and others as the administration prepares to issue a critique of the government's own plan for protecting wild Columbia-Snake river salmon and steelhead stocks affected by the basin's federal hydro system. Read More...  

1,000-Plus Sockeye Already Reach Lower Granite, Nearly 300 More Than Last Year
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 (PST)
This year's sockeye salmon return to central Idaho's Sawtooth Valley already ranks as the third highest since 1999, and fishery officials there know they've just seen the tip of the 2009 iceberg. Read More...  

Harvest Managers Tally Spring Chinook Catch Numbers, Impacts To ESA-Listed Fish
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 (PST)
Columbia River mainstem officials managed this spring to hold harvest impacts on protected salmon and steelhead below agreed-upon caps through early season limits and a series of season-ending closures that helped hold down the catch total. Read More...  

Cooler Weather, Cooler Lower Snake River Allows Cutback In Dworshak Outflows
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 (PST)
Columbia River basin hydro and salmon managers relaxed the outflows gushing from Dworshak Dam, as well as their own worries, this week as a variety of forces combined to prevent, as least in the near term, a superheating of the lower Snake River. Read More...  

NOAA Selects Newport As New Home For Pacific Marine Operations Center
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 (PST)
NOAA has selected the Port of Newport, Ore., to be the new home of the agency's Marine Operations Center-Pacific beginning in 2011, pending the signing of a 20-year lease. Read More...  

Bill Introduced Into Congress Calls For Studying Impacts Of Lower Snake Dam Removal
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 (PST)
Rep. Jim McDermott, D-WA, and Rep. Tom Petri, R-WI, introduced the "Salmon Solutions and Planning Act" last Friday, just before Congress adjourned for the August district work period. Read More...  

Disease Often Ignored As Factor Affecting Wild Fish Populations
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 (PST)
Entire populations of North American fish already are being affected by several emerging diseases, a problem that threatens to increase in the future with climate change and other stresses on aquatic ecosystems, according to a noted U.S. Geological Survey researcher giving an invited talk on the subject this week at the Wildlife Disease Association conference in Blaine, Wash. Read More...  

Washington State Confirms Existence of Second Gray Wolf Pack
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 (PST)
Washington's second gray wolf pack has been confirmed and an adult wolf has been equipped with a satellite-telemetry tracking collar by state biologists in northeast Washington's Pend Oreille County. Read More...  
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