Over 2 Million Juvenile Salmon Saved During Drought Now Being Released Into Cooler Klamath River; Bureau Announces Coho Grant Program

December 2nd, 2021

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife last month began releasing juvenile fall-run Chinook salmon into the Klamath River now that river conditions have improved with cooler temperatures and increased flows that give the young salmon their best chance at survival and reaching the Pacific Ocean.

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What’s In The ‘Reconciliation Bill’ (At Least For Now) For Northwest Salmon? Includes $420 Million For Hatcheries, $1 Billion Habitat Restoration

November 4th, 2021

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) last week offered information about “the historic investment to support salmon restoration and resiliency included in the draft reconciliation bill text” released by the House of Representatives.

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Wild Fish Advocates File Lawsuit Challenging Washington Hatchery Reform Policy Changes, Increased Hatchery Salmon For Orcas

October 14th, 2021

Conservation groups this week filed in King County Superior Court a challenge to Washington’s changes to its hatchery reform policy and efforts to increase hatchery production of chinook and coho salmon at Puget Sound and Columbia River hatcheries to increase the food supply for Southern resident killer whales, listed as endangered in 2005.

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With Few Snake River Sockeye Making It To Sawtooth Basin, Endangered Fish Hang On With Captive Breeding, Outplanting Adults Into Lakes

September 30th, 2021

So far just 42 sockeye salmon completed the 900-mile swim through eight dams from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho’s Sawtooth Basin, an even lower return of the endangered fish to the basin than in 2015 when warm water in the Columbia and Snake rivers killed 90 percent of the run before they arrived at Ice Harbor Dam.

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Yakama Nation’s Translocation Of Pacific Lamprey From Bonneville Dam, Along With Hatchery Outplantings, Showing Results In Yakima River Basin

September 16th, 2021

The abundance in the Columbia River basin of a fish species rich in nutrients that provides a source of food for numerous riverine birds and animals, as well as Native Americans, has been in decline over the past 20 years, according to a presentation this week at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee meeting.

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