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NW Fishletter
NWF.352/December 7, 2015
2015 Salmon Returns To Columbia River Basin Top 2 Million
For the second time in 80 years, salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia River Basin have surpassed 2 million fish above Bonneville Dam. ...more
Cold Water Refuges Are A Reasonable And Prudent Alternative, Says BiOp
NOAA Fisheries concluded in a Nov. 4 biological opinion that Oregon's 68-degree water quality standard would likely jeopardize eight listed species of salmon and steelhead, as well as the endangered southern resident killer whale. ...more
Council Ends Its Oversight Of Two Hydro-Ops Wildlife-Mitigation Activities
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council decided at its November meeting to end its oversight of a habitat-evaluation team and its attempt to define a method to account for wildlife losses caused by hydro-system operations. ...more
Salmon Fraud--It's Probably Not What You're Thinking
Do you eat Atlantic salmon? Don't answer too quickly, because despite what the restaurant menu or grocery sticker says about wild or Pacific salmon, you could be dining on farmed Atlantic salmon. ...more
More Spawners Reported In White Salmon River Since Condit Dam Breached
Two studies published this year report more spring Chinook spawners in the 33 miles of newly accessible habitat above where PacifiCorp's Condit dam used to be on the White Salmon River, as well as the presence of fall Chinook in the river below the former dam site. ...more
Invasive Northern Pike Reported In John Day Dam Reservoir
A northern pike, a predatory and invasive species, was reportedly caught by a recreational angler for the first time in John Day Dam reservoir, according to a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fish biologist. ...more
Northwest Tribal Fish Leaders Receive Honors in 2015
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, the Upper Columbia United Tribes, the Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation, the Canadian Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, the Nez Perce Tribe and the Nisqually Tribe's Billy Frank, Jr. were all recipients of fish-related awards this year. ...more
Draft Plan Could Put Fall Chinook Above Hells Canyon Dams
The proposed ESA Recovery Plan for Snake River fall Chinook debuted on Nov. 2, with two options for recovery. ...more
Wild and Hatchery Coho Returns To Columbia Are Down
Fishing has been restricted or closed to protect wild stocks and coho returning to hatcheries because Coho returns to the Columbia River and throughout Washington and Oregon are down this year. ...more

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