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NWF.319/June 28, 2013
Big Questions Still Haunt Lower Snake Hatchery Plan
The latest review of hatchery operations that mitigate fish losses from the four lower Snake River dams says the $30-million annual program is generally well-run, but whether it really helps or hinders ESA-listed wild stocks is still unknown. ...more
Oregon Judge Says Sandy Hatchery BiOp Inadequate
A judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon has explained why he did not grant a temporary restraining order in March to stop all spring Chinook releases from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Sandy River Hatchery. ...more
Colville Tribes Open New Hatchery Below Chief Joseph Dam
The Colville Tribes officially opened their new salmon hatchery on June 20, which will ultimately produce nearly 3 million spring and summer/fall Chinook smolts every year, and supply a source for reintroducing a spring Chinook population in the Okanogan River. ...more
Model Being Developed To Gauge Fish-Tagging Costs
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Independent Economics Analysis Board has developed a model that tries to measure costs of using four different types of fish tags, and the results are very complicated, said Or-egon State University economist and IEAB member Bill Jaeger at the council's June 12 meeting. ...more
PDO Goes Positive For First Time Since 2010
The index that tracks the Pacific Decadal Oscillation has shifted into positive territory for the first time in nearly three years, NOAA scientists say, which means things are warming up a little. ...more
Canada's Surveillance Program Finds No ISA Virus In Wild Fish
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced June 11 that its new program to test wild salmon for signs of the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus has turned up only negative responses in more than 4,000 samples tested. ...more
Summer Chinook Run Has Started; 3 Million Shad Already In
The summer Chinook run officially began June 15, but nobody told the fish. They started appearing at Bonneville Dam nearly two weeks earlier, judging from PIT tag results, and their numbers have stayed into the 2,000-fish-per-day range. ...more
Sea Lion Predation Down This Year
According to the last weekly report on sea lion predation at Bonneville Dam, more California sea lions showed up than in 2012, but daily numbers were close to last year, which were the lowest observed since 2002. ...more
Corps Says No Area-Wide EIS On Coal Export Terminals
The Corps of Engineers will not prepare an "area-wide" environmental impact statement on the coal export terminals proposed for the Pacific Northwest, Jennifer Moyer, acting regulatory chief of the Corps, told a congressional subcommittee on June 18. ...more
U.S. Wants Ecosystem On Par With Power, Flood Control In Columbia River Treaty
"Ecosystem-based functions" such as flows and reservoir levels to promote productive populations of fish should be integrated into the Columbia River Treaty as one of the "primary purposes" along with hydropower and flood risk management. ...more

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