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NWF.286/March 29, 2011
Feds Plan To Stick With Judge's Spill Regime

Federal agencies will run the hydro system just about like last spring--with the judge's court-ordered spill plan still dictating operations, as it has been since 2006. ...more

PFMC Harvest Options Disappoint Salmon Fishermen Off Wash. Coast

Despite an increased abundance in chinook salmon off the Washington coast, the Pacific Fishery Management Council has selected potential harvest rates at the lower range of its options. After input from public hearings, they will make their final decision next month. ...more

700,000 Chinook Predicted For Sacramento; Other Runs Up

California harvest managers expect around 730,000 fish to return to the Sacramento River, close to three times last year's numbers. ...more

Power Council Gets Update On New Idaho Sockeye Hatchery

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is on track to construct a new hatchery for producing 500,000 to 1,000,000 sockeye smolts a year, department biologist Paul Kline told the Northwest Power and Conservation Council at its meeting in Boise earlier this month. The hatchery is part of the long-term plan to recover ESA-listed sockeye in the high country of the Stanley Basin. ...more

Sockeye Snafu Spoils 2010 Barging Study

A miscommunication between a Corps of Engineers biologist and the staff that runs the Columbia Basin's PIT-tag database system blew last year's study on the effects of barging on Snake River sockeye. ...more

Hastings Pushes Sea Lion Removal Bill

Washington Rep. Doc Hastings (R) has introduced a bill that calls for the lethal removal of pesky sea lions that feast on migrating spring chinook at Bonneville Dam. It's an attempt to bypass a recent court decision that has blocked states from taking such drastic action this year. ...more

Water Supply Keeps Going Up; Now 104 Percent And Rising

The latest word from NOAA's Northwest River Forecast Center has bumped up the Columbia River water supply at The Dalles to 104 percent of average for the January-July period, and the same for April through September. ...more

Oregon Bill Tries To Push Gillnetters Out Of Mainstem Columbia

Oregon state legislators heard testimony last week the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee on a bill that would restrict commercial gillnetting to select areas out of the mainstem Columbia, in a blatant move to grab more chinook and coho for the sportfishing sector. The select areas are close to net pens where salmon are raise specifically for harvest by the commercial fleet. ...more

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