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NW Fishletter
NWF.295/October 21, 2011
Questions Over "Deadly" Virus In Two B.C. Sockeye Smolts

A story about researchers detecting a virus in two wild BC sockeye smolts similar to the bug that had decimated stocks at some European, eastern Canadian and Chilean salmon farms went viral itself earlier this week after the finding was announced at a press conference in Vancouver B.C. on Oct. 18. ...more

Possible Future Treaty Operations Getting A Closer Look

As the treaty between the U.S. and Canada that governs operation of the Columbia River slowly winds down by 2024, the region has started a dialog on how the river should be run in the future. A slew of preliminary alternatives were unveiled at public meetings in Spokane and Portland last month, and another meeting is planned for Boise on Oct. 13. ...more

Sea Lion Task Force To Meet Again

The NMFS sea lion task force will reconvene Oct. 24 to once again come up with recommendations for dealing with marine mammal predation on salmonids at Bonneville Dam. ...more

ISAB Says FPC Analyses Of Latent Mortality Incomplete

Several technical analyses from the Fish Passage Center do not "provide an adequate base of reliable information to support a weight-of-evidence conclusion on the strength of a relationship between multiple bypass passage and latent mortality of juvenile chinook and steelhead," according to a recent review by the Independent Scientific Advisory Board. ...more

Feds File Notice Of Appeal In BiOp Case

Federal attorneys have filed a protective notice of appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the BiOp case. The Sept. 30 filing is intended to preserve their right to appeal at a future date. ...more

Okanogan PUD Dumps Shanker's Bend Proposal

Okanogan PUD told FERC late last month that it would surrender its December 2008 preliminary permit for the proposed Shanker's Bend power, water storage, and flood control project on the Similkameen River near the town of Oroville, Wash. ...more

Analysis: Elwha Prognosis -- Cloudy, With A Chance Of Chinook

Now that the media blitz on the impending takedown of two ancient dams on the Elwha River has died down, the issue is getting as murky as the river will be when some of the 24 million cubic yards of sediment trapped behind those old concrete monuments to private enterprise begins sluicing downstream. ...more

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