The newest marine heat wave off the West Coast that emerged this summer and resembles what became known as “the Blob” of 2014 and 2015 is not as warm and it already is diminishing in strength, according to Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist.
A nine-month review of 47 resident fish and sturgeon projects under the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program will begin in early November.
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.
A draft research, monitoring and evaluation strategy coordinated among two federal agencies and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council is out for review among Northwest fish and wildlife managers and fisheries project sponsors.
The annual budget for a panel of scientists that review fish and wildlife projects and regional research issues was cut by almost $200,000 by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council at its meeting in Corvallis, Sept. 18, and the cost savings could be used for Northern pike monitoring and suppression, according to Council staff.
A letter in support of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ rapid response plan for invasive mussels got a thumbs up from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council this week approved for Bonneville Power Administration funding some 48 fish and wildlife projects, costing more than $43 million.
NOAA Fisheries, the Bonneville Power Administration and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council are collaborating to create one shared Columbia River basin habitat research, monitoring and evaluation strategy.
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s proposed changes to the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program include implementing “a broad suite of actions to mitigate for the complete loss of anadromous fish and the losses to other fish and wildlife species in the Lake Roosevelt and Spokane River areas above Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams.”