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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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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