Idaho’s ‘Salmon Workgroup’ Submits Policy Recommendations To Governor; No Consensus On Dam-Breaching

January 8th, 2021

The state of Idaho’s “Salmon Workgroup” last week released a final report that includes policy recommendations for Gov. Brad Little to consider that aim “to restore abundant, sustainable, and well distributed populations of salmon and steelhead in Idaho for present and future generations, while recognizing diverse interests throughout the State.”

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Guest Column: Gorton Amendment To NW Power Act Moved Goal Posts, Created New Ones Slowing Tribal Programs To Restore Wild Salmon Runs

January 8th, 2021

Approval of the Yakama Nation Hatchery Master Plan by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council on December 6th was a long-awaited step towards restoring wild salmon runs above Bonneville Dam. . . 38 years to be exact. Why did it take so long?

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Yakama Nation Plan For Boosting Salmon Numbers, Juvenile Survival Moves A Step Forward; Would Increase Fall/Summer Chinook Hatchery Releases By 1.1 Million

November 20th, 2020

Only about 25 percent of salmon and steelhead smolts produced in the Yakima River basin make it to McNary Dam on the Columbia River. Spring chinook do better than that, but poor survival of juvenile fall and summer chinook drag that number down.

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96,000 Juvenile Steelhead Removed From Production After IHN Virus Detected At Idaho Hatchery

October 30th, 2020

In response to detection of IHN virus, Idaho Fish and Game hatchery staff at Magic Valley Fish Hatchery last week removed approximately 96,000 juvenile B-run steelhead from production. The IHN virus is not uncommon in southern Idaho fish, but the strain of the virus detected in the fish at the Magic Valley Hatchery is not known to be native to the area.

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