Bad news in NOAA Memo on ocean salmon productivity

Continued optimism regarding the status and productivity of salmonid runs on the Oregon coastal rivers and the Columbia River is unwarranted given the following data from NOAA Fisheries regarding ocean productivity, contradicting what WDFW and Idaho are claiming regarding the good upcoming ocean conditions that justify allowing a continued fishery on steelhead in the Columbia this … Continue reading Bad news in NOAA Memo on ocean salmon productivity

Lewis and Clark’s White Salmon Trout: Coho Salmon or Steelhead? Part V

Part V: Quick Sand River to Celilo Falls Bill McMillan, June 15, 2017 William Clark. “A Map of Lewis and Clarks Track” from History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, thence Across the Rocky Mountains and Down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean, 1814. … Continue reading Lewis and Clark’s White Salmon Trout: Coho Salmon or Steelhead? Part V

Tribe reels in 200,000 pounds of Atlantic salmon in days after Washington disaster

Lummi Nation fishermen have been desperately trying to catch Atlantic salmon that escaped from a net pen that failed last week at a commercial fish farm, sending thousands of the non-native fish into the waterways. The net pen moratorium is important for Puget Sound and wild salmon and steelhead through this historically productive rearing and … Continue reading Tribe reels in 200,000 pounds of Atlantic salmon in days after Washington disaster

New genetic evidence could have major implications in the fight to save spring-run chinook

A study published Wednesday by researchers at UC Davis may have major conservation implications for salmon in California and the Pacific Northwest. The study provides new evidence that “springers” and other salmon that migrate upstream from the ocean to spawn early in the year are genetically different than later migrating populations. This evidence could be used in … Continue reading New genetic evidence could have major implications in the fight to save spring-run chinook

2017 Columbia River Summer Steelhead returns well below original dismal forecast

August 15 was the "half-way" point for the typical Columbia River summer steelhead run. Based on the pre-season forecast, at least 59,700 should have passed Bonneville Dam.  As of August 14, an alarmingly low 32,870 summer steelhead had crossed Bonneville Dam, a mere 55% of the historic low forecast.  The actual 2017 run is 26,830 … Continue reading 2017 Columbia River Summer Steelhead returns well below original dismal forecast

BC Wild Steelhead Need Your Voice!

Low numbers of returning salmon to the Skeena and Fraser regions have driven commercial fishers to press into marine areas near the Dean River in Central BC, and pushed First Nation fishers up the Fraser where they will certainly intercept wild steelhead bound to the Thompson River. Dean River steelhead are intercepted by purse seiners … Continue reading BC Wild Steelhead Need Your Voice!

The Conservation Angler shares conservation concerns about wild Willamette River Winter Steelhead: ODFW must address more than sea lions

Listen to the OPB Radio show with David Moskowitz, Executive Director of The Conservation Angler. While seals and sea lions at Willamette Falls and Bonneville Dam are a serious concern and warrant action, ODFW is ignoring a multiplicity of other impacts to wild steelhead in Willamette and throughout the lower Columbia River. The Conservation Angler … Continue reading The Conservation Angler shares conservation concerns about wild Willamette River Winter Steelhead: ODFW must address more than sea lions

Ten Ways to be a Conservation Angler

Know the number for the fishery enforcement agency in your area and report illegal or suspicious behavior by others who are harming or harassing wild fish.  TIP numbers: Oregon: 800-452-7888            Washington: 877-933-9847         Idaho:  800-632-5999 Make a conscious choice to not fish in areas where you know wild fish will congregate in … Continue reading Ten Ways to be a Conservation Angler

Conservation and Science Report Issue Three

Oregon Legislature Kills Wildlife Policy Improvement Bill The Oregon Wildlife Policy, ORS 496-012, provides the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife with logical and scientific supported direction for management of fish and wildlife resources in Oregon.  The purpose of this policy is to “prevent the serious depletion of any indigenous species.”  It is the core … Continue reading Conservation and Science Report Issue Three