Wild Fish Advocates File Lawsuit Challenging Washington Hatchery Reform Policy Changes, Increased Hatchery Salmon For Orcas

October 14th, 2021

Conservation groups this week filed in King County Superior Court a challenge to Washington’s changes to its hatchery reform policy and efforts to increase hatchery production of chinook and coho salmon at Puget Sound and Columbia River hatcheries to increase the food supply for Southern resident killer whales, listed as endangered in 2005.

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UBC Study Suggests No Shortage Of Prey For Southern Resident Killer Whales In Canadian Waters During Summer

October 14th, 2021

A popular assumption that there are fewer Chinook salmon during the summer in Canadian waters for southern resident killer whales, compared to an abundance of fish for northern resident killer whales, has been challenged by a study led by scientists at the University of British Columbia.

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USFWS Says American Bumble Bee, Found Across Most Of U.S., May Warrant ESA Listing; Climate Change, Pesticides, Habitat Loss

September 30th, 2021

Responding to a petition to list the American bumble bee as an endangered species, the US Fish and Wildlife Service issued this week a 90-day finding indicating that the bumble bee may warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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New Rule: If Chinook Numbers Drop Under 966,000 Off NW Coast, Fishing Reduced To Provide More Food For Endangered Orcas

September 16th, 2021

Following nearly 40,000 public comments, NOAA Fisheries is approving an amendment to the fishery management plan for Chinook salmon off the West Coast. It will make more fish available for endangered Southern Resident killer whales in years when salmon returns are low.

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USFWS Says Listing Wolves Again Under ESA May Be Warranted, Launching Status Review

September 16th, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, after completing the initial review of two petitions, says listing gray wolves again in the western U.S. under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted due to potential increases in human-caused mortality under new hunting and trapping rules in Idaho and Montana approved after wolves were de-listed.

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