An aquaculture company in Puget Sound has agreed in a settlement with the Wild Fish Conservancy to pay a $2.75 million penalty for a collapse of one of its net pens near Cypress Island in 2016. More than 260,000 non-native Atlantic salmon escaped due to the collapse.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game says it is “well on its way to meeting broodstock goals” for steelhead at Snake, Salmon and Clearwater River hatcheries.
A recent study examining salmon hatchery operations practices in the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) in Washington State for the past 65 years finds that current practices are releasing juvenile salmon at a larger size than in the past – a size preferred by predators – and with decreasing diversity. It calls for a consideration of modifying hatchery programs to allow for more diversity by reducing this size homogenization.
Two of the scientists who reviewed the phase 1 report that assesses the feasibility of reintroducing salmon and steelhead upstream of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams told the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Wednesday that a cost analysis should be incorporated early in the process and in a stepwise fashion if the effort is to move forward.
A Northwest tribe will begin construction of new hatchery rearing facilities for spring chinook salmon as soon as December in a first step to reintroduce the fish to the South Fork Walla Walla and Touchet rivers, both in the Walla Walla River basin.
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.