Idaho Reduces Hatchery Steelhead Bag Limit Due To Low Expected Returns (40 Percent Of Average); So Far At Lower Granite 60 Percent Of Run Wild Fish

August 27th, 2020

With the run of summer steelhead expected to return to the Snake River basin at about 40 percent of the 10-year average, the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Commission at its meeting Thursday, Aug. 20, reduced the number of the fish anglers in the state can keep when fishing the Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake rivers. Steelhead angling opens on those rivers Sept. 1.

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Alaska Salmon Getting Smaller, Returning To Rivers Younger; Climate Change, Competition With Growing Numbers Of Hatchery Fish In Ocean

August 19th, 2020

The size of salmon returning to rivers in Alaska has declined dramatically over the past 60 years because they are spending fewer years at sea, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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NOAA Fisheries Taking Comments On Clackamas Hatchery Spring Chinook Program, Moving From Segregated To Integrated Broodstock

August 6th, 2020

NOAA Fisheries is taking public comment on its proposal to issue an Endangered Species Act determination for the Clackamas Hatchery Spring Chinook Salmon program, which moved this year from a segregated to an integrated broodstock program. Natural-origin spring chinook salmon will be spawned at the hatchery to bolster the genetic diversity of the broodstock and reduce genetic divergence from the wild stock.

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Bacterial Outbreak Forces Euthanization Of 3.2 Million Fish At California Hatcheries

July 30th, 2020

Three California Department of Fish and Wildlife fish hatchery facilities in the eastern Sierra and Southern California have been battling a bacterial outbreak that has affected 3.2 million fish. Last week, after consultation with fish pathology experts and exhausting all avenues of treatment, CDFW announced that the fish, which are all trout, at the affected facilities must be euthanized in order to stop the spread of the outbreak.

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Decades-Old Snake River Hatcheries Underfunded For Infrastructure Needs; Produce 20 Million Juvenile Salmon/Steelhead Each Year

July 16th, 2020

A five-year plan for non-recurring maintenance needs and infrastructure fixes at aging 35-to-40-year-old Snake River hatcheries shows a budget that is $5 million short, raising the question of who pays, according to managers and operators at the hatcheries who laid out their funding needs at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee meeting Tuesday, July 14.

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