A stopgap measure has been proposed to relocate nesting birds, including
8,000 pairs of Caspian terns, 16 miles closer to the mouth of the Columbia
River where it is believed they will consume fewer migrating juvenile salmon.
The multi-agency Avian Predation Working Group’s proposed action would
attempt to move the birds from Rice Island, which is 21 miles upstream
from the mouth, to East Sand Island. The goal is to implement the action
before the 1999 juvenile fish passage season, which