NMFS BiOp Says Lethally Removing Beavers In Oregon Does Not Jeopardize ESA-Listed Salmon/Steelhead; ODFW Commission Mulls Beaver Work Group

June 25th, 2020

A biological opinion of a US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service’s management program to lethally remove beavers in Oregon and the program’s impacts on fish species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act was completed June 8 by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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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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Vancouver Island Sea Otter Recovery; Study Shows Financial Benefits, Ecological Changes Benefitting Salmon

June 18th, 2020

Since their reintroduction to the Pacific coast in the 1970s, the sea otters' rapid recovery and voracious appetite for tasty shellfish such as urchins, clams and crabs has brought them into conflict with coastal communities and fishers, who rely on the same valuable fisheries for food and income.

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Orca Task Force Works Into Second Year, Adding 12 New Recommendations; Whales Suffer From Too Few Fish, Too Much Noise, Pollution

October 17th, 2019

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s Orca Task Force, which last year submitted 36 recommendations that, if all were enacted, would cost more than $1 billion and could bring back Southern Resident killer whales in Puget Sound, is entering its second year and has now added 12 more recommendations.

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Research Collaboration Shows Rapid Decline Of Hoary Bat, Victim Of Wind Power, In PNW; Provides Pollination, Pest Control

September 11th, 2019

The hoary bat, the species of bat most frequently found dead at wind power facilities, is declining at a rate that threatens its long-term future in the Pacific Northwest, according to a novel and comprehensive research collaboration based at Oregon State University – Cascades (Bend).

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