Efforts On Early Detection Monitoring Of Invasive Species – Mussels, Pike — In Washington State Detailed; Environmental DNA Major Tool

October 17th, 2019

Two different anglers on two different waterbodies, but both in the anadromous zone of the Columbia River basin and both on the same day – July 17, 2017 – say they saw one of the most feared invasive predators in the basin, a northern pike. But, their alleged sightings were quickly debunked … by science.

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PUDs, Tribes Asking For Help From Anglers In Reducing Northern Pike Numbers Above Grand Coulee; $10 For Every Pike Head

August 29th, 2019

The Grant, Chelan and Douglas Public Utility Districts are contributing to an effort by tribes and state agencies to control Northern Pike, a voracious predator that, if not contained, could set back decades of salmon recovery efforts across the Pacific Northwest.

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Montana Details Its High-Level Effort To Keep Zebra, Quagga Mussels Out Of Basin; Funding For More Inspection Stations Would Help

July 18th, 2019

In a state that lies in the upper headwaters of the Columbia River basin and considers itself guardians in keeping zebra and quagga mussels out of the basin, Montana says that more can be done and calls on the Bonneville Power Administration to help fund permanent watercraft inspection stations.

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Study: As Regional Climate Warms, Smallmouth Bass Will Encroach On Much More Salmonid Spawning, Rearing Habitat

July 11th, 2019

Nearly 18,000 river kilometers (11,185 miles) of Columbia River basin streams currently has suitable habitat for an invasive predatory fish that, as climate warms, is a range that is predicted to increase by 10,000 river miles by 2080, according to a recent study.

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New Water Quality Permits For Atlantic Salmon Farms Include Stronger Protections For Puget Sound; No Non-Native Fish Farms By 2022

July 10th, 2019

Beginning in 2022, fish farms will no longer be allowed to raise non-native fish in Washington’s waters. Until then, updated permits from the Washington Department of Ecology require Atlantic salmon farms to step up their monitoring, inspections and reporting, and to have emergency response plans, the agency said Thursday.

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Western Governors Call For Western Invasive Species Council; More Federal Cooperation, Funding

June 18th, 2019

The Western Governors Association at its annual meeting last week approved a resolution calling for the creation of a new Western Invasive Species Council; new mechanisms to enhance regional invasive species research, planning and coordination; and recommendations to Congress and federal agencies on improving invasive species management on federal lands and supporting state-led management efforts.

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