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NWF.342/February 5, 2015
Upper-C Tribes Call For Comment On Reintroduction Plan
The Upper Columbia United Tribes are calling for public comment on their draft plan for beginning the process of reintroducing salmon above Grand Coulee Dam. ...more
Group Files To Delist Snake River Fall Chinook
Chinook Futures Coalition, a little-known group from southeast Alaska, has filed a petition with the National Marine Fisheries Service (aka NOAA Fisheries) to delist the Snake River fall Chinook (SRFC) from threatened status under the ESA. ...more
Record Redd Count For Fall Chinook In The Snake
In a January memo, regional biologists reported a record number of fall Chinook redds were counted in the Snake River Basin in 2014, 324 redds more than the previous record count in 2013, which was about 15 percent higher than the previous high in 2010. The team effort was made up of biologists from the Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Power, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. ...more
Chance Of El Niño Slipping Away Again
Back in December, the agency said there was at least a 70-percent chance of an El Niño showing up soon. For months, Australians have been preparing for a drought as the chances of an official El Niño event grew, then waned, then grew again. But now there's serious rain Down Under, and in its Jan. 20 wrap-up, the country's Bureau of Meteorology said conditions were back in the "neutral" phase and expected to stay that way through the summer (our winter). ...more
Latest CSS Results Show Barging Helped Some Stocks
The latest analysis from the Fish Passage Center's Comparative Survival Study shows that despite the second highest survival (60 percent) of juvenile spring chinook migrating inriver from the Snake River in 2012, barging still improved the survival to adulthood of some stocks. ...more
Bill Introduced Aimed At Killing More Sea Lions
Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R) and Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader (D) introduced a bill Jan. 27 in the U.S. House of Representatives that would authorize tribal members along the Columbia River to lethally remove sea lions that are preying on salmon runs. ...more
Hydro BiOp Update: Judge Allows Extra-Record Materials
BiOp judge Michael Simon granted requests by plaintiff National Wildlife Federation and intervenor-plaintiff state of Oregon to add extra-record materials in the current litigation over hydro operations for ESA-listed Columbia River Basin salmonids. ...more

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