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Latest CBB News > Archives > Sep 11, 1998
Sep 11, 1998

1. STEELHEAD BIOP SETS HARVEST THRESHOLD
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A biological opinion issued late Thursday (Sept. 10) indicates that
Columbia River fish harvest levels have not yet reached a threshold that
would "jeopardize" threatened steelhead stocks.

It does say that threshold would be surpassed if tribal fishers, who
are pursuing primarily fall chinook, stick strictly to the terms of a harvest
agreement reached in negotiations with federal agencies.

The biological opinion drafted by the National Marine Fisheries Service
addresses ...
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2. SPORT FISHERY DODGES STEELHEAD BULLET
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Officials from both Washington and Oregon say no sport fishing closures
are anticipated as a result of a biological opinion released Thursday that
outlines allowable impacts from Columbia River fisheries on threatened
B-run wild Snake River steelhead.

"This biological opinion focuses only on steelhead," said
Steve King, salmon manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
"It sets the impact limits that non-tribal and tribal fishers can
have on listed ...
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3. NW SENATORS ISSUE WARNING ON CORPS BUDGET
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest senators say proposed reductions in the Army Corps of Engineers'
Columbia River Fish Mitigation Program could "throw the Pacific Northwest
into legal and economic turmoil."

"The consequences of insufficient funding for this valuable program
could be tremendously detrimental to both rural and agricultural communities
throughout the Northwest and the ongoing salmon recovery effort,"
say the senators in a letter sent this week to members of the Senate ...
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4. INTERIOR BILL HITS FLOOR, VETO THREATENED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Contentious debate is expected in coming days as Sen. Slade Gorton tries
to win Senate passage for a $13.4 billion Department of Interior spending
bill that includes language which Gorton says defines Congress' role in
protecting the Columbia-Snake River hydroelectric system's primary functions.

The bill was brought to the Senate floor Tuesday, though debate was
not expected to begin until late this week, said Gorton spokesman Rob Nichols.

The legislation faces the continued threat ...
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5. IDAHOANS AIR VIEWS ON NMFS AND SALMON
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Idaho politicians and representatives of the state's agriculture, industry
and conservation organizations all took swipes at the National Marine Fisheries
Service's management of salmon recovery in the Columbia/Snake River Basin
during a congressional hearing last week (Sept. 3) in Boise.

On Sept. 2, the House Resources Committee heard similar comments during
a field hearing in Pasco, Washington. (For a complete report on the Pasco
hearing, see The Columbia Basin Bulletin, Aug. ...
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6. SUPPLEMENTATION SPAWNS CHINOOK FISHING IN YAKIMA
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A combined state and tribal supplementation effort has enabled fishery
managers to offer a lower Yakima River fall chinook sport fishery for the
first time in 34 years.

The season, the first since 1964, opened Sept. 1 and will run through
Oct. 31. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says that anglers
will take about 410 of an estimated 4,000 fall chinook expected to return
to the river this fall.

The river is open to fishing from its mouth to the Chandler ...
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7. 'FAST-TRACKING' SPILL DEFLECTORS CONSIDERED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Better-than-expected performance of spill deflectors constructed last
year at Ice Harbor and John Day dams has encouraged salmon managers to
propose similar gas abatement measures at other dams on the mainstem Columbia
and Snake rivers.

But hydro operators expressed concern that the proposal means more spill
and more loss of power generation for the region.

The issue was discussed at Thursday's (Sept.10) meeting of the Implementation
Team, a policy group of the National Marine ...
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8. GOVS GET COMMENTS ON RIVER GOVERNANCE OPTIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A call for comments on prospective Columbia River governance options
drew a wide range of opinions. Now the four Northwest governors and their
staffs will have to decide to what practical use, if any, those opinions
will be applied.

Some suggest the U.S. government, with Canada, should have total control
of river management decisions. Others desire an increase in the states'
authorities. Some say those with the largest economic stake should have
the most input in river governance. ...
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