Cold Water Refugia: A Conservation Measure That’s Time Is Now

For the fourth time in two years, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission discussed the need to establish wild fish sanctuaries in and around known and identifiable “cold water refugia.” The Conservation Angler has prioritized creation and adoption of conservation rules protecting wild salmon and steelhead that use these areas of cooler water as they … Continue reading Cold Water Refugia: A Conservation Measure That’s Time Is Now

Columbia and Willamette River Marine Mammal Predation Issues – Army Corps of Engineers 2017 Report and Comment

California sea lions (CSL; Zalophus californianus) and Steller sea lions (SSL; Eumetopias jubatus) aggregate at the base of Bonneville Dam, where they feed on Pacific salmon and steelhead (Oncorhynchus spp.) which are protected under the Endangered Species Act. As directed by a Biological Opinion, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been monitoring the seasonal … Continue reading Columbia and Willamette River Marine Mammal Predation Issues – Army Corps of Engineers 2017 Report and Comment

Will Idaho’s lame-duck​ governor extend his reach?

A decade ago, Idaho agreed to back the federal government's fish recovery efforts along the lower Snake River. Idaho was hardly the only party to sign the so-called fish accords. Along with the states of Washington and Montana as well as the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated tribes of the Warm … Continue reading Will Idaho’s lame-duck​ governor extend his reach?

Science and Conservation Report Four

Fish Culture - Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Samuel Wilmot who initiated fish culture in Canada, wrote in 1870: “A repetition of this process (planting artificially hatched salmon in streams emptying into Lake Ontario) for a few years, aided by judicious enactments for their preservation and protection, would undoubtedly soon replenish and restock the waters of … Continue reading Science and Conservation Report Four

Protecting watershed should be Salem’s priority, not engineering new treatment systems

The presence of cyanotoxins in our treated drinking water is a disturbing shock to Salem drinking-water customers, but is not cause to replace our existing treatment system nor our water source. We are fortunate to have water rights to quality water in the North Santiam River (which includes the pristine Little North Fork and Opal … Continue reading Protecting watershed should be Salem’s priority, not engineering new treatment systems

Tied US Supreme Court decision means Washington must remove barriers to salmon migration

A 17-year legal battle over salmon recovery efforts in Washington has ended with the U.S. Supreme Court leaving in place a lower court order that forces state government to foot the bill for removing culverts that block fish migration. The victory for  21 Washington tribes with treaty-protected fishing rights resulted from the justices splitting 4-4 … Continue reading Tied US Supreme Court decision means Washington must remove barriers to salmon migration

TCA Comments on flaws in Upper Willamette River Hatchery DEIS

The Conservation Angler has prioritized wild fish management and conservation in the Upper Willamette River basin. Our legal and scientific advocacy has helped the responsible fishery agencies comply with existing legal requirements designed to protect the Endangered Species Act-listed wild spring chinook and wild winter steelhead that call the Willamette Basin their home. Conservation Angler … Continue reading TCA Comments on flaws in Upper Willamette River Hatchery DEIS