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NWF.351/November 2, 2015
Proposals to Study Fish Habitat Above Grand Coulee Dam
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council issued a request for proposals on Oct. 13 to investigate salmon habitats above Grand Coulee Dam. ...more
Juvenile Spring Outmigration on Columbia, Snake Unusually Low in 2015
A NOAA Fisheries preliminary report on juvenile fish passage at Columbia and Snake river dams concluded that 2015 juvenile survival rates were generally well below average. ...more
A Perimeter Defense Against Mussel Invasion
The Pacific Northwest is one of the few regions of the United States and Canada that does not have established populations of either quagga or zebra mussels, according to a new report prepared for the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. ...more
Cormorant Killing Comes to Seasonal End, Litigation Set for March
The federal government in mid-to-late October will stop shooting cormorants and oiling their nests to reduce cormorant predation on juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River estuary. ...more
Fall Chinook Run Very Close to 2013 Record
This year's fall Chinook return to the Columbia River is forecast, as of mid-October, at 1,224,310, just short of the 2013 milestone of 1,268,400 fish. ...more
Idaho Wild Steelhead Constrain But Don't Stop Fisheries
More than 2,000 steelhead passed Lower Granite Dam daily during the first week in October, allowing recreational fishing to continue on portions of the Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers in Idaho. Fishing started in some places on Sept. 1, and additional areas opened Oct. 15. ...more
Eulachon Draft Recovery Plan Due in Spring 2016
A draft recovery plan for the threatened eulachon, or smelt, will be released for public comment in the spring of 2016, NOAA Fisheries' eulachon coordinator Robert Anderson said after a briefing of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Oct. 13. ...more
The Chinook-Killer Whale Connection
An apparent rebound in the health and numbers of the southern resident killer whale populations may be the result of a recent abundance of Columbia River Chinook. ...more

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