NOAA Fisheries has announced 5-year reviews of 17 Pacific Salmon species and 11 steelhead populations listed under the Endangered Species Act.
A Hood River Hatchery proposal to boost its production of yearling spring chinook smolts from 150,000 to 250,000 is the subject of a recent review by a panel of scientists. However, no changes were proposed to the winter steelhead program.
All steelhead fishing on the Clearwater River in Idaho will close Sunday because the number of returning adult hatchery fish is less than the number needed for broodstock
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife last week submitted a $26 million supplemental funding request to Gov. Jay Inslee’s office.
Oregon and Washington fisheries managers approved an additional two and a half days of tribal gillnetting in Zone 6 (Bonneville Dam pool upstream through the John Day Dam pool) as they worried about a declining steelhead run and whether upstream hatcheries could meet their escapement goals for both fall chinook and steelhead broodstock.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, is seeking public comment on the draft Integrated Limited Reevaluation Report/Environmental Assessment for The Dalles and John Day Mitigation Program, which produces and releases hatchery fall chinook as mitigation for impacts to fisheries.
Steelhead repeat spawners, known as kelts, grow quickly with greater blood fat levels soon after their first spawning, a signal that they will repeat spawning in the first year, according to a recent study.
Hatchery females and larger chinook salmon are less likely to return to their hatchery of origin than they are to spawn naturally with wild fish in the Elk Creek basin on the Oregon Coast, even as smaller chinook and males tend to return to the hatchery, according to a recent study.
Some 48 fish and wildlife projects that will cost $43.5 million each year – hatchery work, data management, research -- were reviewed and approved by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee at its meeting this week in Butte, Montana.