Independent Science Panel Next Year To Review Significant Research With Implications For Columbia/Snake River Salmon, Steelhead Management

December 18th, 2020

The region’s Independent Scientific Advisory Board next year will review four scientific issues with important Columbia River basin salmon management implications, including recent research documenting salmon declines in West Coast rivers without major dams, stressing ocean conditions as the key driver of salmon survival.

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Study Suggests Traditional Salmon Fishing Practices, Management Could Help Revitalize Pacific Fisheries

December 11th, 2020

Across the North Pacific, salmon fisheries are struggling with climate variability, declining fish populations, and a lack of sustainable fishing opportunities. According to a new study from a team of Indigenous leaders and conservation scientists, help lies in revitalizing Indigenous fishing practices and learning from Indigenous systems of salmon management.

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Study: Razor Clams On Washington’s Remote Olympic Coast Found Containing Microplastics

December 3rd, 2020

Portland State University researchers and their collaborators at the Quinault Indian Nation and Oregon State University found microplastics in Pacific razor clams on Washington's sparsely populated Olympic Coast -- proof, they say, that even in more remote regions, coastal organisms can't escape plastic contamination.

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Missing Data: Covid, High Spill, Low Fish Detection Results In Lack Of 2020 Juvenile Salmonid Survival Estimates From Upstream Dams To Below Bonneville

November 12th, 2020

Every year about this time, NOAA Fisheries releases a memo detailing preliminary survival estimates for passage of spring-migrating juvenile salmonids through Snake and Columbia River dams – key data for assessing the impact of federal hydropower operations on 13 species of salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act. This year, however, due to Covid-19 impacts and more spill for fish, that data took a hit.

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