Tag Archives: Salmon

Oregon, Washington debate Columbia River salmon policies

Oregon and Washington state are still figuring out what to do with gillnets on the Columbia River. A committee that includes fish and wildlife commissioners from both states met for the first time Thursday with staff in Salem to go over areas where the states maintain different policies for the river. Source: Oregon, Washington debate […]
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Banned Fish Trap Returns To Columbia As Sustainable Way To Catch Salmon

About half the salmon swimming up the Columbia River come from hatcheries — most of which are raised to be caught by fishermen. The rest are wild. And many of those salmon are protected under the Endangered Species Act. For years, Oregon and Washington have been searching for a better way to catch more hatchery […]
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Trump signs law that culls sea lions to protect salmon

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife will apply for a new permit to kill California sea lions. Oregon’s native salmon have a new friend in the White House. President Donald Trump has OK’d legislation giving wildlife overseers a freer hand to euthanize sea lions feasting on threatened fish in the Columbia River and its […]
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California, Oregon Herald Significant Step toward Klamath River Restoration

California’s Draft Environmental Impact Report and Oregon’s Final Water Quality Certification Seen as Milestones. Natural resources leaders in California and Oregon hailed today’s release of a draft environmental impact report for a project to reopen hundreds of miles of historic habitat for salmonids along the Klamath River and its tributaries. The report issued by California’s […]
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Study: Northwest Salmon Not Immune To Ocean Acidification

A new study suggests that salmon will not be immune to the effects of ocean acidification. Scientists found that changes to ocean chemistry disrupt a fish’s ability to smell danger in the water. Researcher Chase Williams of the University of Washington exposed young coho salmon to the elevated ocean CO2 levels expected over the next […]
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Targeting sea lions will help orcas, Columbia River salmon

Congress did the right thing by making it easier to kill sea lions that prey on salmon in the Columbia River Basin, something a state task force recently recommended to help endangered orcas. When it comes to helping endangered orcas, Congress just knocked an important item off Washington state’s lengthy to-do list. The U.S. House […]
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State, federal officials sign off on Snake River Dam agreement

Bonneville Power Administration, Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation along with Washington and Oregon agreed to a three-year plan aimed at helping salmon heading to sea and ending a decades-long court battle. A new agreement aims to boost salmon populations and preserve inexpensive power in hopes of ending a decades-long legal battle […]
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New Approach To Dam Operations Aims To Help More Salmon Survive Columbia River Journey

A new agreement aims to help more young salmon make their way past dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers. The agreement, released Tuesday, spells out new strategies for spilling more water over the dams — and sending less water through power-generating turbines — each spring. It signals a reprieve to the yearslong legal skirmishes […]
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Study: ‘Wild’ salmon may be straight from the farm

New York attorney general says more than a quarter of supermarket seafood was mislabeled. That wild sockeye salmon in the refrigerated aisle may have been raised at a fish farm, New York’s attorney general said in a report released Friday. The report from Attorney General Barbara Underwood found that more than one-fourth of the seafood […]
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Oregon, Idaho reach agreement on salmon in Snake River

The states of Idaho and Oregon, along with Idaho Power, have reached a proposed settlement over reintroduction of steelhead and spring Chinook salmon into the Snake River above Hells Canyon Dam. The agreement removes a significant obstacle in the company’s path toward a new long-term federal license for its three hydroelectric projects in Hells Canyon. […]
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