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NWF.341/January 15, 2015
Judge Says Corps Can Start Lower Snake River Dredging
A federal judge on Jan. 5 denied a motion by environmental groups and the Nez Perce Tribe to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from dredging the navigation channel in the lower Snake River. ...more
NOAA's New Fish Predictions: Good For 2015, Not So Hot For 2016
Scientists from NOAA Fisheries' Seattle science center are predicting that 199,000 spring Chinook will return to Bonneville Dam this year, but poor conditions for juveniles migrating north off the coast this spring could mean the 2016 return may be about 25 percent lower than the projected 2015 run, but close to the current 10-year average of 158,000. ...more
Sea Lion Numbers Growing In Lower Columbia
Oregon and Washington fish managers say that robust smelt runs over the past couple of years are likely responsible for attracting more California sea lions to the lower Columbia River. They said that nearly 1,500 sea lions were estimated in the region at the spring peak in 2014, and about 750 in 2013. For the eight years before that, the spring peak total ranged between 200 and 350 individuals. ...more
Upper-C Tribes Offer First Steps For Getting Fish Above Coulee
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council heard from upriver Columbia Tribes about their initial work plan for beginning a new Council priority for investigating the feasibility of reintroducing salmon above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams. ...more
Researchers Explore Substantial Chinook Losses In Lower Columbia
Researchers reported no earthshaking news at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' annual review Dec. 10-11 in Portland, Ore., but they did come up with more data backing up earlier findings of large, unexplained losses of adult Chinook in the lower Columbia River. They also found that barging fall Chinook after June 15 was better than not barging. ...more
Council Elects New Officers For 2015
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has elected Washington member Phil Rockefeller to chair the four-state entity in 2015. Rockefeller was appointed to the Council in 2011 and has chaired its F&W Committee. ...more
New Director For WDFW
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has selected Jim Unsworth to lead the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, following the resignation of Phil Anderson, who served as director since 2009. ...more

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