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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Fight Against Pike: Washington FW Commission Considers Raising Threat Level, Would Allow Emergency Declaration If Found Below Grand Coulee

September 13th, 2019

As efforts continue to curb the proliferation of northern pike in the Columbia River Basin, the state of Washington and co-management agencies are pursuing additional funding and flexibility to respond to the voracious predators entering the “anadromous zone” downstream from Grand Coulee Dam.

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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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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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