No Observed Cormorant Breeding Pairs On Estuary Island, Plenty of Birds On Lower Columbia Bridge

August 8th, 2019

The goal at East Sand Island in the lower Columbia River estuary is to limit the number of double-crested cormorants nesting on the island to 5,600 breeding pairs to limit the birds’ impacts on juvenile salmon and steelhead, according to Jeffery Henon, spokesperson for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Spring Season’s Last Sea Lion Predation Report: In May, Steller Numbers At Bonneville Dam Similar To Last Year, California Sea Lions Way Down

June 26th, 2019

The number of the larger steller sea lions searching for dinner in the Bonneville Dam tailrace was about the same for May this year as the numbers observed last year in May. However, the number of California sea lions has dropped this year.

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States, Tribes Seek NOAA Permit To Expand Lethal Removal Of Sea Lions From Columbia River, Tributaries; Could Allow Euthanizing Up To 400 Animals Feeding On ESA Salmon, Sturgeon

June 20th, 2019

With the growing worry about sea lion predation – both California and steller – on Endangered Species Act-listed salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River basin, three states and four Native American Tribes applied last week to NOAA Fisheries to lethally remove as many as 286 California and 130 steller sea lions from the river and some tributaries.

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Quantifying Economic Costs Of Northern Pike Invasion; ‘Would Require Large-Scale Ecological-Economic Exercise’

June 13th, 2019

Economists tasked with quantifying the costs of suppressing invasive northern pike in Lake Roosevelt as well as the costs to the region if the pike escaped Grand Coulee Dam and migrated downstream, risking recovery of the Columbia River basin’s threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead, indicated at a Northwest Power and Conservation Council meeting this week that available data is too sparse to adequately answer the questions.

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Oregon Removes, Euthanizes 33 California Sea Lions At Willamette Falls; Wild Winter Steelhead Run Up Considerably

May 23rd, 2019

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife was permitted by NOAA Fisheries in November 2018 to remove and euthanize up to 93 California sea lions at Willamette Falls to protect wild runs of spring chinook and winter steelhead transiting the Falls. Both species are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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