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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Pacific Coast Gray Whales 13 Percent Shorter Than 20 Years Ago; Raises Concerns About Warming Waters, Lack Of Prey, State Of Marine Food Web

June 21st, 2024

Gray whales that spend their summers feeding in the shallow waters off the Pacific Northwest coast have undergone a significant decline in body length since around the year 2000, a new Oregon State University study found.

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USFWS Designates 1.2 Million Acres As Critical Habitat In California, Oregon For Coastal Marten

June 7th, 2024

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating 1.2 million acres of critical habitat in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon for the coastal distinct population segment of the Pacific marten, also known as the coastal or Humboldt marten.

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Improved Ocean Conditions Giving A Boost To ESA-Listed Willamette Wild Winter Steelhead

May 31st, 2024

A threatened run of wild steelhead thought to be at a high risk of extinction in 2017 is making what could be a dramatic comeback in Oregon’s Willamette River. The comeback is mostly due to better ocean conditions and fewer sea lions feeding on the fish at Willamette Falls, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Plan Approved For Pulses Out Of Libby Dam To Encourage ESA-Listed Kootenai River Sturgeon To Move Upstream, Spawn

May 17th, 2024

Due to a low May water supply forecast that is 5.129 million-acre feet (April – August), 84 percent of average, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s biological opinion for Kootenai River sturgeon allows a volume of 0.8 MAF to be used for augmenting spring sturgeon flows. Volume forecasts of 4.8 to 6 MAF puts this year’s operations into a Tier 2 category. A water supply forecast of less than 4.8 MAF would be Tier 1 and would allow no augmentation for sturgeon.

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Elwha River Tribal Ceremonial Fishery To Open This Fall, Other Fishing Closed Until More Spawners Above Former Dam Sites

May 17th, 2024

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Olympic National Park, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that a tribal ceremonial and subsistence fishery for coho salmon on the Elwha River will be open for a limited time during fall 2024.

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Funding Package For Removing Dams, Culverts Includes $5 Million For Removing NE Washington’s Enloe Dam, Could Open 1,500 Miles Of Salmon Habitat

May 3rd, 2024

Nearly $5 million to move forward on the removal of northeast Washington’s Enloe Dam is included in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcement that 29 states will receive just over $70 million to support 43 projects that will address outdated or obsolete dams, culverts, levees and other barriers fragmenting the nation’s rivers and streams. Another $8 million will go to projects in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

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Fish-Blocking Dam On Willamette River Tributary Built In 1858 Being Removed; New Habitat For Salmon, Steelhead

May 3rd, 2024

American Rivers is leading a project team to remove the Kellogg Dam at the mouth of the Kellogg Creek, a tributary of the Lower Willamette River. The work will help threatened Upper Willamette River Chinook and steelhead, Lower Columbia River coho, and Pacific lamprey to access upstream spawning and rearing habitat for juveniles.

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