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NW Fishletter
NWF.215/June 8, 2006
Late Spring Chinook Run Beats Pre-Season Estimate By Nearly 40 Percent

By May 30 non-Indian sport and commercial fishermen had only caught about half their allotment of spring chinook after lengthy closures kept them off the water, but a late shot of fish has helped gillnetters reach their full share. ...more

Yawning Survival Gaps Face BiOp Writers

A technical team charged with analyzing ESA-listed salmonids in the Columbia Basin has released an interim analysis that estimates just how far the region must go to bridge gaps between current fish numbers and healthy, viable populations. ...more

Niners Hear BiOp Appeal From All Sides

Parties in the ongoing litigation [NWF v. NMFS] over the 2004 hydro BiOp squared off last Thursday in San Francisco before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The panel heard the arguments, asked some questions, thanked the participants, then gave no indication when they would decide the appeals. ...more

Redden Combines 'Faulty' Snake-Columbia BiOp Consultations

Federal District Judge James Redden ruled May 24 that the Snake and Lower Columbia River mainstem BiOps should be merged. ...more

Power Council OK's New Supplementation Effort For Grande Ronde, But Questions Remain

Despite continuing concern by scientists whether the strategy really works or not, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council voted 5-3 last month to approve more than $16 million to fund new facilities and upgrades to supplement ESA-listed spring chinook stocks in Northeast Oregon's Imnaha and Grande Ronde rivers. ...more

Northwest Dams Compare Favorable To Others, BPA Study Says

The overall costs of operating Northwest dams compare favorably to similar facilities in North America, according to study released last week by the Bonneville Power Administration. ...more

Botulism Kills Millions Of Fall Chinook At Ringold Hatchery

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported last week that the agency lost about 20 percent of its upper Columbia hatchery production, most likely to an outbreak of botulism in its huge nine-acre pond at Ringold Hatchery near Pasco, Washington. ...more

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