Status Review: ESA-Listed In 1999, Upper Willamette Spring Chinook, Winter Steelhead Nowhere Near Recovery, Need Better Passage At Dams

July 17th, 2024

In a recently completed review of their status, NOAA Fisheries has determined that Upper Willamette River spring Chinook and Upper Willamette River winter steelhead should remain listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Though Sockeye Return To Columbia River Is Booming, Angler Retention Shut Down To Protect Struggling, ESA-Listed Snake River Sockeye

July 5th, 2024

Last week, Oregon and Washington fisheries managers shut down retention of Columbia River sockeye salmon from the ocean to the two-state border at Hwy 395 near Pasco, WA, even as the run size forecast rose twice and by early this week had nearly doubled.

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Study Finds Pacific Cod In Gulf Of Alaska Can’t Rely On Coastal Safe Havens For Protection During Marine Heat Waves, May Have To Move North

July 5th, 2024

During recent periods of unusually warm water in the Gulf of Alaska, young Pacific cod in near shore safe havens where they typically spend their adolescence did not experience the protective effects those areas typically provide, a new Oregon State University study found.

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With Air, Water Temps In Lower Snake Heating Up, Corps Releasing Cool Dworshak Flows To Aid Salmon, Steelhead

July 5th, 2024

The reservoir behind central Idaho’s Dworshak Dam is full (1,600-foot elevation), air temperatures in the lower Snake River basin are warming into the 100’s over the July 4 weekend and beyond, and tailwater temperature at Lower Granite Dam is warming towards 68 degrees Fahrenheit, the maximum allowed by NOAA Fisheries’ biological opinion on impacts of the federal hydroelectric system on salmon and steelhead.

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Bass Predation Primary Reason For Struggling Wild Chinook In Oregon River, ODFW Allowing Spearfishing To Remove The Invasive Fish

July 4th, 2024

Spearfishing for bass is allowed on southwest Oregon’s Coquille River through Oct. 31. Spears, spear guns and angling with bait to take smallmouth bass is allowed, and there are no harvest size or limits.

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Administration Report Describes Harm Of Dams To Columbia Basin Tribes, White House Sets Up Task Force To Coordinate Basin Salmon Recovery

June 21st, 2024

The Biden Administration this week released a controversial “Tribal Circumstances Analysis” acknowledging the harm 11 Columbia and Snake river dams have inflicted and continue to inflict on Columbia Basin Native American Tribes.

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WA Fish/Wildlife Commission Gets The Skinny On Columbia River Shad; ‘We Don’t Even Know If Shad Obstacle To Salmon Recovery Or Not’

June 21st, 2024

More than 1.6 million American shad have been counted at Bonneville Dam this year as of June 17 and a few of the non-native fish have even been counted as high in the river basin as Lower Granite Dam, the uppermost of the four lower Snake River dams, and Priest Rapids Dam in the mid-Columbia. For more than a decade they have outnumbered all other anadromous fish entering the river combined.

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