2018 Conservation and Science Report Five

PERSPECTIVE Snake River Salmon and Steelhead Abundance The following links to graphs produced by Idaho Fish and Game track the run size of hatchery and wild salmon and steelhead passage above Lower Granit Dam, comparing it to recovery goal for these threatened species from the 1950s to 2017. The spring and summer chinook were protected through the … Continue reading 2018 Conservation and Science Report Five

Columbia River 2018 Wild Steelhead Migration Update

In what may be a precedent-setting action on August 24th, Oregon and Washington "closed the Columbia to steelhead fishing" (their words) as the initially improved 2018 forecast for upriver summer steelhead of 182,400 summer steelhead has been revised sharply down to 110,300 fish (a 40% reduction in the forecast) and reduced again on August 28 to 96,500 (another … Continue reading Columbia River 2018 Wild Steelhead Migration Update

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Created Deschutes-Columbia River Cold Water Sanctuary Protecting Columbia River Salmon and Wild Steelhead

On August 3, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission directed the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department (ODFW) to implementing protective angling regulations that provided a migratory sanctuary for wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and in the lower mile of the Deschutes River. The Deschutes River plume creates a cold water refuge for wild salmon and … Continue reading The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Created Deschutes-Columbia River Cold Water Sanctuary Protecting Columbia River Salmon and Wild Steelhead

The Conservation Angler Supports Commission Action Creating Deschutes-Columbia River Cold Water Sanctuary Protecting Columbia River Salmon and Wild Steelhead

The Conservation Angler, a wild fish conservation organization, applauds the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, and supports the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department (ODFW) in implementing protective angling regulations that will provide a migratory sanctuary for wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and the very lower mile of the Deschutes River. The Deschutes River plume creates … Continue reading The Conservation Angler Supports Commission Action Creating Deschutes-Columbia River Cold Water Sanctuary Protecting Columbia River Salmon and Wild Steelhead

Struggling orcas heavily rely on urban chinook from Seattle-area rivers, new analysis shows

Washington's response to this problem is to increase chinook hatchery production in Puget Sound - exactly one of the major factors that has led to decline of Puget Sound chinook. The immediate solution is to reduce ocean and marine harvest of chinook in the commercial and sport fisheries. Read the full story from The Seattle Times. … Continue reading Struggling orcas heavily rely on urban chinook from Seattle-area rivers, new analysis shows

Lamzov Scholarship and Prize Program Recipients

The Conservation Angler is delighted to report two recipients under our Lamzov Scholarship & Prize program: Ekaterina Ambrasovskaya: Lamzov four-year academic scholarship ($1,000/annually). Ekaterina will attend Novosibirsk State University and pursue a natural resource degree in environmental science Anastasia Golikova: Lamzov Academic Achievement prize of $500 The recipients were selected by the Lamzov Scholarship & … Continue reading Lamzov Scholarship and Prize Program Recipients

2018 wild salmon and steelhead returns to the Columbia and Snake are better than last year, but not by much

by David Moskowitz Flawed Public Process  The Columbia River Compact is a federally-created bi-state agreement that allows and requires that Oregon and Washington work together to manage anadromous fish harvest in the river bordering these states. The Compact holds public in-person and telephone conference to accomplish their regulatory requirements.  The Compact held a hearing on … Continue reading 2018 wild salmon and steelhead returns to the Columbia and Snake are better than last year, but not by much

Pink Salmon induce a trophic cascade in plankton populations in the southern Bering Sea and around the Aleutian Islands

 Abstract We examined the hypothesis of top-down (predator) control of plankton populations around the Aleutian Islands and in the southern Bering Sea using a 15 year time series (2000–2014) of plankton populations sampled during summer by Continuous Plankton Recorders. Our analyses reveal opposing biennial patterns in abundances of large phytoplankton and copepods. This pattern is … Continue reading Pink Salmon induce a trophic cascade in plankton populations in the southern Bering Sea and around the Aleutian Islands

Remembering Nathaniel Reed, Atlantic Salmon Conservationist and Angler, and Co-author of U.S. Endangered Species Act

by Pete Soverel I am profoundly sorry to share with you the sad news of Nathaniel P. Reed’s death. On July 3, 2018, while fishing the Grand Cascapedia, he tripped, fell and hit his head, causing a life-threatening injury. Although promptly transported to Quebec City hospital where he in spite of excellent care, he died … Continue reading Remembering Nathaniel Reed, Atlantic Salmon Conservationist and Angler, and Co-author of U.S. Endangered Species Act