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NWF.353/January 4, 2016
Pacific Warm-Water 'Blob' Weakens, NOAA Reports; El Niño Looking Strong
The mysterious warm-water "blob" in the Pacific Ocean has weakened a bit, NOAA scientists reported in mid-December. ...more
2016 Chinook Returns to Columbia Forecast Higher Than Average, Sockeye Lower
The 2016 returns of Columbia River spring and summer Chinook are predicted to be higher than their 10-year averages, while sockeye runs are likely to be significantly less than the 10-year average. ...more
Study Shows Most Smolt-To-Adult Returns Not Enough For Recovery
The 2015 Comparative Survival Study (CSS) of PIT-tagged spring/summer/fall Chinook, Summer Steelhead and Sockeye, released on Nov. 30, found that smolt-to-adult return rates (SARs) for most species do not meet regional goals. ...more
One Proposal To Study Salmon Habitat Above Grand Coulee
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council received only one proposal to study whether the habitat above Grand Coulee Dam is suitable to support salmon and steelhead reintroduction. ...more
Shared Recovery Goals Sought For Columbia Basin Salmon And Steelhead
NOAA Fisheries is forming the Columbia Basin Partnership, a regional organization of sovereigns and stakeholders whose charge will be to develop a consistent set of goals for Columbia River salmon and steelhead restoration. ...more
State Mute on CRT; Tribes Seek Meeting With Power Group
The U.S. State Department told the Northwest congressional delegation in May 2015 it "hoped to approach Canada soon" to begin discussions on modernizing the Columbia River Treaty. But the department has yet to do so, and has no timeline for touching base with the Canadians. ...more

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