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NWF.330/April 3, 2014
El Niño May Come Knocking, Maybe Not
Most climate models are now saying that it's an even bet an El Niño will develop later this summer. ...more
Mid-C Fish Ladder Mods Expected By April 15
With spring Chinook and steelhead expected to show in the upper Columbia by the middle of April, Grant PUD spokesman Tom Stredwick said the utility expects to have its fish ladder modifications at Wanapum Dam completed in time for the migration. ...more
Ocean Salmon Harvest Options Under Review
The Pacific Fishery Management Council announced March 14 three fishing alternatives under consideration for this year's salmon harvest off the West Coast. ...more
Oregon Judge Cuts Sandy Hatchery Coho Release
A federal judge has ruled that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife must release only 200,000 coho smolts, and not the 300,000 it had planned, from the Sandy River Hatchery. ...more
Judge Orders Cuts In Elwha Hatchery Releases
A federal judge told federal agencies March 26 that proposed hatchery releases of steelhead and coho salmon in the Elwha River must be reduced because of possible adverse effects on wild fish. The ruling deals a blow to the proposed hatchery plans designed to help rebuild fish runs after two dams were removed, opening up a significant amount of new habitat in the watershed, which is still in the process of equilibrating, since millions of cubic yards of sediment once contained by the dams is still sluicing seaward by natural processes. ...more
Groups Sue To Stop Puget Sound Hatchery Releases
Several fish conservation groups have sued WDFW to stop the agency from releasing one million smolts of its all-purpose steelhead hatchery stock into Puget Sound waters, citing the adverse effects to productivity of the ESA-listed steelhead runs in the area, including Chinook and bull trout. ...more
Economists Suggest Ways To Improve Next F&W Program
A panel of independent economists made more than a dozen recommendations to improve the Columbia Basin's Fish and Wildlife program being amended by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. ...more
British Columbia Issues Final Treaty Principles
After an extensive two-year stakeholder process, British Columbia concluded on March 13 that the Columbia River Treaty should continue, and that its benefits be maximized through coordination and planning of operations. ...more
Corps Will Kill Some Fish-Eating Birds
The Corps of Engineers announced March 27 that it will expand its program to reduce avian predation on juvenile salmonids in the Columbia Basin by allowing the "lethal removal" of some gulls and cormorants from five dams, McNary, in the mainstem Columbia, and the four projects on the lower Snake River. ...more
Fishing Groups Intend To Sue BPA Over BiOp In 9th Circuit
Some of the fishing and conservation groups involved in years of litigation over salmon and hydropower in the Columbia Basin are taking their fight to a different federal court for their latest challenge. ...more

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