USFWS Proposes New Rule For Killing Fish-Eating Cormorants; Would Allow Major Increase In Allowable Take On West Coast

June 18th, 2020

The federal agency responsible for protecting sea birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is instead proposing to “responsibly manage” double-crested cormorants across the nation by permitting lethal taking of birds that eat fish, such as salmon and steelhead smolts, by states and tribes.

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Lake Pend Oreille Sees Highest Kokanee Density In Two Decades, Over 2.5 Million Fish; Low Point 10,000 Fish In 2007

June 11th, 2020

Fisheries researchers estimated that over 2.5 million adult kokanee occupied Lake Pend Oreille in the fall of 2019. This is the highest count on record since the mid-1990’s. As summer heats up, reports are starting to roll in that anglers are reaping the benefits of a highly abundant kokanee population.

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Lake Trout Being Netted In Idaho’s Stanley Lake To Reduce Predation Risk For Kokanee, Snake River Sockeye

June 11th, 2020

Idaho Fish and Game has contracted with a company to net lake trout in Stanley Lake during two-weeks in early June to reduce their population and reduce risk to endangered sockeye salmon populations. After the netting, sterile lake trout will be restocked in the summer and fall to continue to provide anglers a lake trout fishery at Stanley Lake.

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23-Member Task Force Set To Meet To Consider Recommendations For Expanding Lethal Removal Of Sea Lions In Columbia River, Tributaries

April 23rd, 2020

On May 12-14, NOAA Fisheries will convene a task force to make recommendations on the proposal to expand the lethal take of sea lions in the Columbia River basin. The sea lions have had a significant negative impact on salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act, and they also consume species of concern -- lamprey and sturgeon.

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New Avian Predation Plan Needed? Tribes Say Simply Moving Birds Around A Whack-A-Mole Exercise

February 13th, 2020

In 2015, nearly half of steelhead smolts that began their journey to the ocean at Rock Island Dam on the upper Columbia River did not survive the onslaught of birds that feed on the smolts along the way, according to Blaine Parker, avian predation coordinator at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

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