A new report from Washington State’s Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office shows that most salmon populations in the state still are not making progress and some are teetering on the brink of extinction.
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.”
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?
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council Wednesday approved a $41 million Yakama Nation hatchery master plan aimed at increasing harvest of coho and chinook salmon in both the mainstem Columbia River and Yakima River.
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.
The wildfires that ripped through Oregon and Washington in September, burning over one million acres, inflicted serious damage and destruction to fish and wildlife mitigation resources, notably Oregon hatcheries.
The Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force released late this afternoon its final report saying there is “a strong sense of urgency that immediate action is needed to address salmon and steelhead declines in the Columbia River Basin.”
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.
In a letter Friday (Oct.9) the four Northwest states announced they have agreed to work together to rebuild Columbia River salmon and steelhead stocks and to advance the goals of the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force.