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Jun09

HR 2083 targets the wrong source of salmon mortality

HR 2083 “Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act” On June 8th, 2017, a legislative hearing was held regarding HR 2083.  The purpose of this bill is to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to reduce predation on endangered...
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Jun09

Puget Sound Orca/Snake River Salmon Connection

‘Most’ everything in this article is correct, except that the conclusion is wrong.  It was written by the Washington State Chapter of the Sierra Club.  Too much spill kills salmon and the incremental benefit to more spill is minimal at this point....
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May30

Little Goose Dam maintenance issues killing salmon

2017 Incidents at Little Goose Dam on the Lower Snake River A short summary of issues jeopardizing salmon recovery since April 11th Incident #1 On April 11th, the first juvenile salmon and steelhead deaths at Little Goose Lock and Dam were reported. This...
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May26

Bonneville Dam Chinook & Steelhead returns, 5/26/17

CHINOOK SALMON As of 5/25/17, the current and recent past counts of Spring Chinook Salmon that have completed passage of Bonneville dam and entered the Columbia River system are: 2017:  69,046 2016:  128,949 10 yr avg:  141,414 As a result of the...
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May26

Fisheries managers move to protect B-run steelhead

Washington, Oregon mull rolling closures, while Idaho adopts wait-and-see policy By ERIC BARKER of the Lewiston Tribune Washington and Oregon are poised to implement rolling closures of the steelhead fishery from the mouth of the Columbia River to the...
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May26

Weekly Lower Snake River Passage, 5/26/17

Chinook A total of 5,059 spring Chinook salmon have crossed Lower Granite Dam as of 5/25/17.  In 2016, a total of 42,093 had passed by now.  The ten year average on this date is 43,019. Steelhead A total of 7,291 steelhead have crossed as of 5/25/17....
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May23

Idaho Fish & Game sets Chinook season closures

IDFG sets chinook season closures Only fishing in Hells Canyon will remain open By ERIC BARKER of the Lewiston Tribune Idaho’s spring chinook season will end early on the Clearwater, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers but continue on the Snake River...
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May18

Growing support in Lewiston, Idaho for dam breaching

Three recent Letters to the Editor in the Lewiston Tribune have supported the breaching of the four lower Snake River dams.  Citizens are having visions of a thriving economy based on a revitalized riverfront, recovered fish stocks, and 140 additional...
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May17

Chinook & Steelhead returns to Bonneville Dam, 5/17/17

Chinook As of 5/15/17, the current and recent past counts of Spring Chinook Salmon that have passed Bonneville dam and entered the Columbia River system are: 2017:  33,798 2016:  109,650 10 yr avg:  124,691 It appeared that the run had finally started...
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May17

Anemic returns close salmon fishing on Snake

Anemic return leads managers to close salmon fishing on Snake Area biolgists, hatchery officials monitoring the spring run of chinook Lewiston Tribune A new forecast that slashed the expected return of spring chinook to the Columbia River and its tributaries...
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