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
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
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
The 90th issue of The Osprey includes: Managing Columbia River Wild Steelhead for Extinction, Part III Big News for The Osprey and its Loyal Supporters Endangered Southern Resident Orcas Reshape Debate over Salmon Restoration The Thompson River’s Last Stand as Wild Steelhead Numbers Plummet ...and much more. Read the full May 2018 issue.
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
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
Here is a current snapshot of the 2018 migration as of June 15, 2018 for spring chinook and sockeye, as well as an update on the forecasts for summer steelhead into the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Current Fish Counts at Willamette Falls and Bonneville Dam: Willamette Falls Fishways at Oregon City, OR (as of June … Continue reading Update on Columbia and Snake 2018 Migration
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?
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
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