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NW Fishletter
NWF.204/October 24, 2005
Politicians Get Earful On Salmon Harvest, Canadian Interceptions

With salmon recovery plans nearly completed for several Northwest regions, some stakeholder groups are wondering if stocks can actually recover if half of the fish are still being caught before they reach their spawning beds. Canada is a major culprit, they told a Congressional panel a couple of weeks ago. ...more

Salmon War Surfaces At Boise Fish Conference

Venerable Idaho fisheries scientist Don Chapman once said that when you threaten to take away someone else's water in Idaho, you run the risk of getting "gut shot." ...more

'Speeching' Won't Avoid Breaching The Dams, BiOp Judge Warns

Federal District Court Judge James Redden issued his final remand order of the 2004 BiOp on Oct. 7, warning that breaching the four dams on the Lower Snake River would become a possibility if the final remand is not successful. The mention of breaching surprised some attorneys, because it wasn't included in the draft order the Judge sent out earlier in the week. ...more

Tribes Write Senators To Save Fish Passage Center

Four lower Columbia tribes have asked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to use his influence to remove language in a Congressional appropriations bill that will de-fund the Fish Passage Center in 2006. In an Oct. 3 letter to McCain, chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the tribes said they couldn't recall a congressional proposal "that has sided so blatantly for the interest of one group over another." ...more

Latest Survival Study From Fish Passage Center Ignores NMFS' Concerns

With the release of its latest fish survival study, the Fish Passage Center is likely to provide more ammunition for critics who say the agency has played too much of an "advocacy" role in the region. ...more

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