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

Can Wildlife Services Learn to Believe in Beavers?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture killed more than 23,000 beavers last year. There’s a better way to manage our ecosystem engineers. Each spring Wildlife Services, the branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture tasked with controlling problematic fauna, engages in a ritual as reliable as snowmelt or bird migration: It announces how many wild animals … Continue reading Can Wildlife Services Learn to Believe in Beavers?

Announcement: exciting new partnership with The Fly Shop

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership courtesy of The Fly Shop®, one of the largest and most recognizable names in fly fishing retail and international travel. As a lean organization, partnerships like this enable us to build our capacity and grow our impact, and we are very grateful for their support. How does … Continue reading Announcement: exciting new partnership with The Fly Shop

United States Supreme Court oral arguments will be heard today, April 18th in an important salmon protection and recovery case.

In an important legal case involving the decades-old US v. Washington federal court case (known as the Boldt Decision) affirming the tribal treaty rights of Native American tribes in Washington and Oregon (through a companion case known as US v. Oregon), Washington-based tribes have sued the State of Washington for failing to address fish passage … Continue reading United States Supreme Court oral arguments will be heard today, April 18th in an important salmon protection and recovery case.

TCA asks ODFW to rescind decision on Deschutes sport fishery

On Monday April 9, The Conservation Angler (TCA) requested that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) rescind its decision to open a sport fishery on the Deschutes River for spring Chinook in 2018. This opening is not warranted as the 2018 forecast for wild spring Chinook is even lower than the 2017 during … Continue reading TCA asks ODFW to rescind decision on Deschutes sport fishery

Science and Conservation Report 3

Hatchery removal can be an effective strategy for salmon recovery. Abstract Recent genetic studies, meta-analyses, and retrospective analyses have documented reduced productivity of wild salmon and steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss that interbreed with hatchery-reared fish, raising concerns about the longterm viability and recovery of at-risk stocks. In 2007, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife discontinued a … Continue reading Science and Conservation Report 3