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NW Fishletter
NWF.274/May 6, 2010
Feds Reluctantly Spread The Risk

After consulting with regional sovereigns, federal agencies have backed away from their plan to mitigate inriver fish losses in this low-flow spring by transporting more fish out of the lower Snake. ...more

Columbia, Snake Sockeye Runs Riding High

Regional fish managers expect another good year for returning sockeye to the Upper Columbia and Snake rivers, hoping to continue a trend that started two years ago. ...more

Spring Chinook Run--More Than Half Over?

With every passing day, it is looking less likely that the upriver spring chinook run will hit harvest managers' original expectation--close to half a million fish by June 15. On the other hand, they said the adult count of more than 158,000 through May 3rd is the largest since 2002 and the third highest since 1977. ...more

Oregon Releases Billion-Dollar-Plus Lower C Draft Recovery Plan

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has finally released a 25-year salmon recovery plan for the Lower Columbia on the Oregon side of the river, designed to improve ESA-listed salmon stocks below Bonneville Dam, which include wild chinook, chum, coho and steelhead. It is now open for public comment and will be considered by the Oregon fish and Wildlife Commission at its June 3-4 meeting. ...more

El Niño Shifts Into Neutral

The latest report from meteorologists down under says that most ENSO indicators in the equatorial Pacific have dropped below El Niño thresholds. That region of the ocean has been cooling since last December. ...more

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