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NWF.228/March 28, 2007
Spring Chinook Show Up In Lower Columbia

Less than two weeks after the annual meeting of the Pacific Salmon Commission ended in Portland, the first chinook of spring was videotaped passing Bonneville Dam on the last day in February. Since then, 42 more have been counted--a good sign compared to the late start for last year's spring run, when only about a dozen springers had been counted at the dam by now. The late start in 2006 alarmed fish managers, but by the end of June, the run was 40 percent larger than the pre-season estimate. ...more

North Coast Harvest Options Shrink For Chinook, Better For South

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is calling for a reduced chinook catch off the Washington Coast, but is backing improved harvest options for southern Oregon and California commercial fishermen, who faced severe cuts in 2006 that allowed more Klamath River fall chinook to spawn. ...more

US Wants Canadians To Develop Mark-Selective Chinook Fishery

The contentious issue of mark-selective fisheries came up in the February talks between U.S. and Canadian members of the Pacific Salmon Commission. U.S. Commissioner Larry Rutter, a NMFS policy analyst, told NW Fishletter that the U.S. has asked Canada to consider a mark-selective harvest regime for its West Coast Vancouver Island (WCVI) fisheries. He said sportfishers in that area alone catch 30,000 to 50,000 chinook annually, with commercial catches making up another two-thirds of the total annual catch. ...more

Customs Court Dismisses ESA Salmon Case

The U.S. Court of International Trade in New York has dismissed a lawsuit by a coalition of fishing-conservation groups attempting to hold the U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service responsible for enforcing regulations that keep ESA-listed animals from being imported. ...more

McDermott Introduces Latest Version Of Breaching Studies Bill

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) has introduced a bill (H.R. 1507) that calls for the GAO and the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a one-year study comparing current and proposed federal actions to recover salmon in the Columbia and Snake River Basins, including "partial dam removal." ...more

Feds Tell BiOp Judge 'Proposed Action' Ready For Review By April

At a March 9 hearing on the status of the BiOp remand, Justice Department attorney Robert Gulley reported that the action agencies should have a draft proposal for operating the hydro system ready for review by all parties sometime in April. Gulley said writing the proposed action was step 5 of the 10-step process that will culminate in a new biological opinion sometime after July. ...more

Power Council Re-Constitutes FPC Oversight Board

A board to oversee activities of the Fish Passage Center will soon be back in business, according to discussions at last month's meeting of the Northwest Power and Planning Council. ...more

NPCC's Marker Leaves For "New Opportunities"

Doug Marker, head of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Fish and Wildlife Division, has decided to leave his position and look for a new role in public service. ...more

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