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Latest CBB News > Archives > Sep 4, 1998
Sep 4, 1998

1. MARSH REJECTS TRIBES-NMFS HARVEST AGREEMENT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An attempt to gain court approval for a tribal commercial harvest of
fall chinook on the Columbia River was shot down Thursday over concerns
about the impact on steelhead listed as threatened under the Endangered
Species Act.

In denying his approval of a "stipulated agreement" for harvests
to begin Sept. 7, U.S. District Court Malcolm F. Marsh chastised the federal
government for what he called an attempt to circumvent the mandate of the
ESA.

Attorneys for the states of ...
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2. NMFS TAKES HEAT OVER WATER POLICIES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service's flow augmentation and water
withdrawal policies for the Columbia and lower Snake Rivers do not contribute
to salmon survival and pose a threat to state water rights and local property
rights.

That was the primary criticism leveled against NMFS during a four-hour
congressional hearing Wednesday in Pasco.

State legislators, irrigators, researchers, and members of Congress
expressed concern that NMFS's "zero net water loss" for the ...
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3. TEMPORARY PLAN ADDRESSES TERN PREDATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An interagency "Caspian Tern Working Group" has come up with
a temporary plan to significantly reduce bird predation on salmon smolts
near the mouth of the Columbia River next year.

At issue is how to manage the 8,000 pairs of Caspian terns on Rice Island,
a man-made dredge spoil disposal island. Now the largest tern colony in
the world, researchers estimate these birds consume between 5 and 20 million
juvenile salmonids during the migration season, or up to 20 percent ...
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4. NO GUARANTEE FOR SEPT. RIVER OPS, FEDS SAY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal and state salmon managers have requested Columbia River operations
in September that would continue to aid juvenile and adult fish migrations.
Hydro operators say they are not obligated past Aug.31 to meet these requests.

The salmon managers presented System Operational Request (SOR) 98-34
to a Sept. 2 meeting of the National Marine Fisheries Service's interagency
Technical Management Team (TMT). The TMT's last official meeting was Aug.
26; members agreed, however, to meet ...
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5. COUNCIL STAYS FIRM ON JOHN DAY SCREENS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
If continued prototype testing -- and the eventual installation -- of
extended length screens at John Day Dam climbs the list of mainstem capital
projects proposed for funding, the effort won't get the endorsement of
the Northwest Power Planning Council.

The Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee on Monday advised senior hydrologist
Jim Ruff to "stay the course" during deliberations on project
rankings. Ruff is also co-chair of the multi-agency System Configuration
Team, ...
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6. BONNEVILLE RELEASES FISH FUNDING PRINCIPLES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration released for public comment this
week a revised set of "fish and wildlife funding principles"
intended to guide the agency's future use of revenues for Columbia Basin
salmon restoration.

"The principles are intended to 'keep the options open' for future
fish and wildlife decisions that are anticipated to be made in late 1999,"
says BPA in the preamble to the principles.

"The agreement resulting from these principles is ...
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7. FUTURE COSTS OF FISH PROJECTS CONSIDERED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Despite some discomfort, the Northwest Power Planning Council Sept.
1 authorized its staff to draft a letter outlining what it considers an
acceptable range of fish and wildlife "direct program" costs
to be used by the Bonneville Power Administration in planning its rate
case.

The direct program is the primary source of regional funding for hatcheries,
habitat projects, research and monitoring and evaluation.

The approach suggested by the Council staff would be to offer ...
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8. TRIBES ENDORSE CANADA SALMON MEETINGS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The four Columbia River treaty tribes announced Monday their support
for convening a "Conference of Governments" to discuss salmon
restoration with Canada.

The Conference is an outcome of a report by David Strangeway and William
Ruckelshaus in which they make key recommendations for advancing progress
under the Pacific Salmon Treaty.

The report said governments (states, tribes and federal government on
the U.S. side and federal and provincial governments on the Canadian ...
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9. ISAB REVIEWS MULTI-SPECIES PLAN'S FOUNDATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Even as a multi-species framework development process begins, its guiding
principles and so-called scientific "foundation" has been targeted
for a rewrite.

In a recently completed review, the Independent Scientific Advisory
Board praised the intent but also offered suggestions for fine-tuning and
focusing the ecosystem principles and foundation for fish and wildlife
restoration in the Columbia River Basin.

"I view them as pretty positive comments," said Chip ...
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