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Latest CBB News > Archives > Oct 29, 1999
Oct 29, 1999

1. CLINTON VETOES SALMON TREATY FUNDING BILL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Clinton administration officials this week said the new U.S.-Canada
Pacific Salmon Treaty agreement is being jeopardized by Congress' refusal
to adequately fund its implementation and attempt to rewrite its terms.
President Clinton on Tuesday vetoed the FY2000 spending bill for the
departments of commerce, state and justice in part because of the funding
problem and objectionable legislative riders being demanded by the Alaska
congressional delegation and state Gov. Tony Knowles.
The ...
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2. ALASKA, NORTHWEST SQUARE OFF OVER SALMON
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An inter-regional war of words between Alaska and Northwest officials
has erupted over the role of Columbia and Snake river dams in depleting
salmon populations and the North Pacific fishing industry.
Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles this week called the dams "a killing field"
for salmon that are at the root of the dispute, which is threatening to
undermine a new U.S.-Canadian salmon fishing treaty that would help endangered
fish recover. But most Northwest officials strongly oppose a proposal ...
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3. LISTINGS BRING NMFS STAFF, SPENDING INCREASES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Services Northwest region since 1990
has experienced a rapid rise in both funding and staffing as a result of
Endangered Species Act listings of salmon and steelhead.
President Clinton's initial budget proposal had asked that NMFS salmon
recovery planning efforts continue that trend with a $23 million increase
in funding for FY2000 as the agency addresses 11 new West Coast salmonid
listings this year.
But the net effect of the bill sent by Congress last ...
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4. WASHINGTON VOTES ON FISHING NET BAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Voters in Washington will decide next week whether the state should
ban commercial gillnets and other net fishing in Puget Sound and, perhaps,
on the Columbia River.
Initiative 696 has recently been picking up speed with voters and gained
the endorsement of The Columbian in Vancouver, Wash. as well as the support
of environmental and fishing groups.
It also has received some unexpected opposition from the Sierra Club
and the Seattle Audubon Society, which oppose I-696 because the ...
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5. EXTINCTION RISK ANALYSES CENTRAL TO RECOVERY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Extinction is a dark, shadowy word but scientists must try to bring
it into focus as they try to provide a basis for sound fish and wildlife
recovery decision making, according to a co-leader of the National Marine
Fisheries Service's Cumulative Risk Initiative.
But decision makers must know that extinction analyses can be flawed.
"Policy makers need to be aware of the perils and pitfalls of extinction
analysis," Dr. Peter Kareiva told an audience gathered for a Wednesday
workshop ...
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6. FISH RECOVERY MODELS CONTRASTED, COMPARED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The session was initially billed as "Warring models: EDT versus CRI
Which will be left standing?"
But the opening presentation at Wednesdays workshop in Seattle was
anything but a war of words about who had the best crystal ball for fish
and wildlife recovery planning in the Pacific Northwest.
Representatives of state, federal and tribal agencies, public interest
groups and business gathered for the latest in the National Marine Fisheries
Service's series of workshops to explain the ...
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7. PIT-TAG DATA TRACKS SURVIVAL INCREASES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Estimates of spring and summer chinook juveniles that made it through
the Snake River and Columbia River hydroelectric projects from the mid-1960s
to today clearly show a downward trend in juvenile survival as dams were
added to the river.
More recently, however, the numbers shows a reverse in that trend as
improvements were made at dams to lower the stress on fish.
Preliminary PIT-tag data for 1993 through 1999 show that juvenile survival
is as high or higher now than it was before ...
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8. USFWS NAMES ESA LISTING CANDIDATES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday published a revised Candidate
Notice of Review naming 258 species of plants and animals that may warrant
protection under the Endangered Species Act. The notice also identifies
the 56 domestic animal and plant species that are proposed for addition
to the lists of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants.
The Candidate Notice of Review is published primarily to solicit new
information on the status of candidate species and threats to their ...
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9. COUNCIL TO LAUNCH FISH PLAN REWRITE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A notice of requests for direct fish and wildlife program amendment
recommendations would be sent out Dec. 8 if Northwest Power Planning Council
members follow staff suggestions.
The staff has suggested that the Council take amendments until March,
release a proposed program in May, hold public hearings from May to July,
and adopt a final program in July.
The Council had initially targeted Nov. 15 to send out the notices,
which triggers a minimum 90-day period during which state and ...
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10. LAKE PEND OREILLE LEVEL ISSUE GOES TO COURT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A tug of war over water being held in Idaho's Lake Pend Oreille will
be likely be settled Monday in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene.
The court is to rule on a request from the Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club
for an injunction requiring that the Corps of Engineers hold the lake level
at 2,055 feet above sea level through the winter. The sportsmen's group
supports an Idaho Department of Fish and Game theory that the higher lake
level creates more spawning habitat, and thus has the ...
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11. ESA MAKES CORPS PERMITTING TOUGHER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Gresham Sand and Gravel wants to remove sand from the Columbia River
near the confluence of the Sandy River. However, because of the Endangered
Species Act and other environmental safeguards, getting a permit is not
as easy as it once was.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking at a permit filed by Gresham
Sand and Gravel to remove up to 200,000 cubic yards of sand every year
from the river near Troutdale, Ore. To get the permit, the company has
to go through a public review led ...
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12. FEEDBACK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
, hydro coordinator for Columbia River Inter-Tribal
Fish Commission:
RE: Governors and EPA Launch Estuary Plan
I find this plan no more than the standard "happy talk and hand holding."
. While EPA and the governors ostentatiously congratulate themselves on
the collaborative plan with the Ports of Vancouver and Portland standing
in the background, they won't mention their support for what could be the
most disastrous action ever on the living estuary. This is the Corps proposal
to ...
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