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NW Fishletter
NWF.313/February 12, 2013
NOAA's Spring Chinook Forecast More Optimistic Than Harvest Managers'
Using a collection of ocean indicators they have developed, NOAA Fisheries scientists have estimated that 2013's upriver spring Chinook run in the Columbia River will come in around 200,000 fish, counted at Bonneville Dam. ...more
New Research Takes On Future, Past Fish Runs
Two new papers from the University of Washington show that it takes more than getting a lot of fish back to spawn to ensure good numbers in the future. Both were published last month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...more
Some 2012 West Coast Fish Runs Near Records With Ocean's Help
California biologists are still crunching numbers, preparing for next month's report from the Pacific Fishery Management Council that kicks off its annual ritual for setting the coming year's salmon harvest season, but some numbers have trickled out already and point to near record runs in some northern California rivers, thanks to a turnaround in ocean conditions a few years ago. ...more
Water Supply Drops Below Average
After a strangely dry January that saw nearly two weeks of little-to-no precipitation, the regional water supply forecast dropped to 96 percent of average (April-September) for the Columbia River at The Dalles, according to the Jan. 31 update from NOAA's Northwest River Forecast Center. By Feb. 11, it had dropped even more, to 91 percent. For the Columbia above Coulee, it was 94 percent. ...more
Latest Salvos Filed In Suit Over Salmon Recovery Effort
The Idaho-based Northwest Resource Information Center filed its latest brief in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 28 in its challenge to the way the Northwest Power and Conservation Council has conducted salmon recovery efforts over the past 30 years. ...more
Washington May End Bass, Walleye, Catfish Catch Limits To Save Salmon
The state of Washington has proposed to remove daily catch limits for channel catfish, bass and walleye in some sections of the Columbia and Snake rivers, to reduce predation on ESA-listed juvenile salmon and steelhead. The proposal would also remove size limits for bass and walleye. Another option would also remove existing daily limits for those fish, but restrict anglers to three bass larger than 15 inches long, and one walleye longer than 24 inches long. ...more
Oregon Gillnetters Granted Reprieve
The Oregon State Court of Appeals has granted a motion by a commercial gillnet group that will maintain the current harvest regime while the court reviews a petition from the fishermen that argues the state's recent reallocation of salmon catches between the sport and commercial sectors in the lower Columbia River is illegal, a process that could take months. ...more
Anders To Replace Measure As Montana Member On Power Council
Jennifer Anders will replace Bruce Measure on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, effective March 4, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Feb. 5. It was the second time in two weeks that Bullock named a member to the council--Pat Smith was appointed last month to fill the seat Rhonda Whiting vacated at the--end of 2012. ...more
Wash. Congressman Seeks Review Of NOAA Fish Recovery Assessment
Washington Congressman Doc Hastings (R) said Feb. 4 the House natural resources committee, which he chairs, will seek review of a new initiative announced late last year by NOAA Fisheries to survey Northwest stakeholders for what the agency called a "situation assessment," to "explore regional views about how best to approach comprehensive, long-term salmon recovery planning." ...more
Comment: Paul Lumley: BPA Should Maintain/Build On Tribal Fish Partnership
When Bill Drummond officially steps into the most important office at 905 NE 11th Ave. in Portland, BPA's new administrator will oversee an agency whose culture "has gone through a transition from acrimony to partnership" with tribes in fisheries management, says Paul Lumley, executive di-rector of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC). ...more

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