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NW Fishletter #232, June 14, 2007

[9] Appointments Made To Fish Passage Center Oversight Board

At this week's meeting of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, members completed the task of fleshing out the newly reconstituted board to oversee operations of the controversial Fish Passage Center. The FPC achieved a new lease on life after a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court found that BPA had improperly quashed its funding by obeying report language inserted in a Congressional spending plan by Idaho Sen. Larry Craig.

The board will conduct an annual review of the performance of the Center and ensure that the database of fish passage information conforms to appropriate standards of data management.

Bruce Measure, a Montana member of the Council, will chair the board, which will include Susan Ireland, fish and wildlife program director of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, who will represent Indian tribes of the upper Columbia River Basin. Steve Yundt, of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, will represent the Idaho's and Montana's fish and wildlife departments. Tony Nigro, of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, will represent Washington's and Oregon's fish and wildlife departments. John Ferguson, of NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, will represent the federal fisheries agency. Dan Goodman, a professor of biology at Montana State University, will fill a position on the oversight board that represents Northwest fisheries scientists generally (the Council named Richard Whitney, a retired professor of fisheries at the University of Washington who has served on Council scientific panels, as an alternate for this position). Doug Taki, a biologist with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho, will hold an ex-officio position on the oversight board; the Council will consider making that position permanent at its next meeting in July. -B. R.

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