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NWF.310/November 12, 2012
The ISAB Weighs In On Fish Goals, Spill Benefits
The Independent Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB), which occasionally weighs in on questions related to salmon recovery, says the region should take a new look at whether the 2- to 6-percent smolt-to-adult return [SAR] rates called for in the region's salmon plan are actually high enough to meet recovery needs and satisfy harvest goals. ...more
BiOp Plaintiffs Say Implementation Way Behind Schedule
Action agencies recently filed their annual report on their progress in implementing the 2008/2010 hydro BiOp, and soon after, fishing and conservation groups involved in the litigation filed their annual complaint that progress has been too slow. ...more
BPA Finesses Fish And Wildlife Budget Fix
BPA has found enough budget efficiencies and cost deferrals in its direct F&W budget to save $15 million in FY 2013, the agency's F&W manager Bill Maslen reported last week at the November meeting of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council meeting in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. ...more
Positive Revenue Results For BPA In FY 2012
BPA last week reported positive net revenues for the second year in a row. The agency said the figure for fiscal 2012, which ended Sept. 30, came in at $87 million--$23 million more than the rate case estimate, but $20 million less than the more recent third-quarter estimate. ...more
Oregon Gillnetters Survive Ballot Measure, Take On Gov's Proposal
Oregon voters last week overwhelmingly voted to keep lower Columbia gillnetters on the water, defeating Measure 81 on a 66-34 percentage margin. ...more
Cohen Commission Sockeye Decline Report: It's Complicated
When only a million sockeye returned to the Fraser River in 2009 instead of an expected run of 10 million, a judicial inquiry into the disaster was revved up to solve the mystery. Called the Cohen Commission, it finally concluded last week with the release of three volumes of findings. ...more
Little Elwha Could Become Big Muddy
The report noted that sediment had also eroded from temporary cofferdams constructed as the dams are being removed incrementally. Reservoir drawdowns are stopped during "holding periods" and "fish windows" to let the river erode laterally into delta sediment, and reduce effects of turbid water on migrating juvenile or adult salmonids. ...more

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