Report: Abundance Of Pacific Ocean Salmon In 2020 Lowest In 40 years Despite Record Hatchery Releases

June 17th, 2021

The global abundance of salmon in the Pacific Ocean in 2020 based on commercial catch was the lowest since 1982 and in North America the catch was the lowest since 1977, despite a record number of hatchery releases the year before, according to a report released in May 2021 by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission of Vancouver B.C.

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Columbia Basin Collaborative Second Workshop Focuses On Year-Long Process To Achieve Salmon Recovery Recommendations

June 11th, 2021

At the second public workshop of the Columbia Basin Collaborative, the four Northwest states laid out a way forward to achieve regional consensus on how to rebuild threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead stocks and advance the goals developed by the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force.

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Columbia River Salmon Fishing Transitioning From Spring To Summer Chinook; Idaho Sees Improved Wild Steelhead Numbers In Some Waters

June 11th, 2021

Spring chinook salmon fishing is nearly over and summer chinook fishing begins next week. Although it may be difficult to see much of a difference between a spring and a summer chinook at Bonneville Dam, June 16 is the transition date on which all chinook that pass the dam become summer chinook.

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Second ‘Columbia Basin Collaborative’ Workshop Set For Next Month; Inslee, Murray Say Unlikely Simpson Proposal Included In Infrastructure Package

May 21st, 2021

Another “Columbia Basin Collaborative” organizational workshop has been scheduled for next month for more discussions on finding a better way to manage and improve Columbia/Snake River salmon recovery. Such talk comes just as Washington’s governor and the state’s senior U.S. senator issued a joint statement saying “we do not believe the Simpson proposal can be included in the proposed federal infrastructure package.”

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With Updated, Higher Spring Chinook Run Size Forecast, 18 More Fishing Days In Lower River; Skamania Steelhead Return Lowest On Record

May 20th, 2021

Even with a Skamania hatchery steelhead return at its lowest since Bonneville Dam was built and Cowlitz River hatchery spring chinook salmon unlikely to meet broodstock needs, the two state Columbia River Compact this week extended retention of hatchery spring chinook from Tongue Point in Astoria to the Oregon and Washington border.

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The Competing Trade-Offs Of Mixed-Stock Fisheries: Can Fisheries Benefit From Such Biodiversity Without Harming Weak Populations?

May 13th, 2021

A new study by researchers from Simon Fraser University and Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans reveals the trade-offs of fish biodiversity--its costs and benefits to mixed-stock fisheries--and points to a potential way to harness the benefits while avoiding costs to fishery performance.

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Alternatives To Gillnets: Washington Begins Process To Allow Commercial Gillnetters To Use Beach Seines, Purse Seines, Pound Nets

May 6th, 2021

After several years of pre-testing the gear, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said that it will begin a rulemaking process to designate the beach seine, purse seine and pound net as an “emerging commercial fishery” on the lower Columbia River. That allows the state fisheries agency to move ahead on further research that will tell how well the alternative gear works for commercial gillnetters in the river.

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