Oregon Opens Fall Chinook Fishing For Lower Snake-Hells Canyon; Numbers Passing Lower Granite Expected To Be Half Of Average, Sockeye Return Still Dismal

August 22nd, 2019

As of Aug. 24, Oregon will open the river from the Oregon and Washington border up to the Idaho Power dam for a fall chinook run that is anticipated to be 349,700 fish at the Columbia River mouth, which is 47 percent of the 10-year average (2009-2018) of 737,720 adult fall chinook. Still, the forecast is higher than the 2018 actual return of 293,424.

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New Columbia Basin Partnership Report Offers Regional Goals For Salmon/Steelhead Recovery

July 17th, 2019

Some five to 16 million salmon and steelhead had historically returned to the Columbia River basin, but just an average of two million fish return today and only 40 percent of those are naturally produced stocks. If goals in a new Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force report can be met in the next 50 to 100 years, the number of naturally produced fish could increase by eight-fold.

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Idaho Workgroup Meets On Developing State Position On Salmon Recovery, More Meetings Set

July 11th, 2019

Idaho recently launched a collaborative effort aimed at guiding salmon-steelhead conservation policy, with the Republican Gov. Brad Little urging a diverse, appointed workgroup to consider practical goals rather than getting bogged down in complex and controversial measures such as breaching lower Snake River dams.

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