Idaho Department of Fish and Game says it is “well on its way to meeting broodstock goals” for steelhead at Snake, Salmon and Clearwater River hatcheries.
Two of the scientists who reviewed the phase 1 report that assesses the feasibility of reintroducing salmon and steelhead upstream of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams told the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Wednesday that a cost analysis should be incorporated early in the process and in a stepwise fashion if the effort is to move forward.
Although operations at Bonneville Dam that sets a tailwater elevation designed to provide ideal spawning conditions for threatened Columbia River chum salmon downstream of the dam began Monday, few chum have yet to hear the call.
A panel of scientists completed a review of the Upper Columbia United Tribes’ phase 1 report that describes the feasibility of reintroducing salmon and steelhead into the reaches of the Columbia River upstream of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams.
Natural abundance potential of spring/summer chinook salmon in the Middle Fork Salmon River of Idaho recalculated by three biologists is far higher than most current management goals for the fish by NOAA Fisheries, the Nez Perce Tribe and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, according to a recent study.
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service has released for public comment a Fishery Management and Evaluation Plan for implementing fisheries targeting once extinct coho salmon and resident trout in Oregon waters of the Snake River Basin.
A wide-ranging project on the east side of the Cascade Mountains in Washington promises to restore fish runs while also improving water supplies during drought years for farmers.
Roy Akins and Toby Wyatt are Idaho salmon and steelhead outfitters who don’t necessarily favor dam breaching as a means to improve fish runs, but now they are willing to consider it and they are urging Idaho Gov. Brad Little to make breaching part of the discussion.
In its tenth annual review of the Fish Passage Center’s Comparative Survival Study, a panel of scientists said they are again worried about smolt-to-adult survival for Snake River wild spring chinook and steelhead, which continue to fall short of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s objectives.