Ocean Warming, Hatchery Fish Crowding In North Pacific Reducing British Columbia Sockeye Survival

May 29th, 2020

The northeast Pacific Ocean from the Fraser River to the Aleutian Islands is warming, but it is also becoming more crowded with hatchery pink and chum salmon produced in Alaska and Russia. The competition for food in a warming ocean has resulted in a drop of about 15 percent for sockeye salmon returning to the Fraser River and other streams in British Columbia, but only about a 5 percent drop in the northern range, according to a study released this week.

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Draft Report Pegs BPA’s 2019 Fish/Wildlife Costs At $788 Million, $17 Billion Since 1981; 25 Percent Of Wholesale Power Rate

March 19th, 2020

Direct expenses in fiscal year 2019 by the Bonneville Power Administration for costs it incurred by funding the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program amounted to $240.4 million, some $19 million lower than its direct expenses in FY 2018, according to a draft report released this week for public review by the Council.

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Corps Seeks Comments On Assessment For Increasing Fall Chinook Production To Mitigate John Day, Dalles Dam Impacts

March 19th, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, is seeking public comment on the draft Finding of No Significant Impact for The Dalles and John Day Mitigation Program Limited Reevaluation Report and Environmental Assessment. The program produces and releases hatchery fall chinook as mitigation for impacts to fisheries.

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