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NWF.317/May 10, 2013
Fish Tag Costs Face More Scrutiny
A forum created two years to examine the costs for BPA-funded fish tagging programs says the power marketing agency could save more than $2 million a year by cutting the use of coded wire tags that help harvest managers track salmon catches in the ocean and Columbia River. BPA currently spends about $7.5 million on CWT programs. ...more
Walla Walla Hatchery On Track Despite Nagging Questions
BPA has extended the comment period until May 15 to allow the public more time to sound off on its plan to pay for an $11-million hatchery on the Walla Walla River. ...more
Dam Operations Begin For Transporting Spring Fish
The first fish barge of the season left Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River for the lower Columbia on April 28, full of young spring Chinook and steelhead. Fish managers couldn't have made a better call, since spring smolt numbers skyrocketed at the dam by April 30, when the index count rose to 181,000 from around 21,000 two days before. ...more
7,000-Fish Day At Bonneville: Lots of Jacks, Too
On April 24, fish counters at Bonneville Dam saw their first 2,000-fish day of the season, and a few days later, the daily count of spring Chinook popped to more than 7,000, bring the total to more than 58,000 fish by May 8. ...more
PacifiCorp Wraps Up Condit Removal; Fish Not Yet Convinced
The completion last month of tree planting within the former reservoir of the Condit Hydroelectric Project marks the end of active construction and restoration activities at the site, PacifiCorp told FERC in its final monthly update on the project. A final construction report is due July 1. ...more
ODFW Commission Delays Discussion Of Lower River Harvest Reform
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has deferred discussion of Columbia River harvest reform until its June 6-7 meeting, to allow more time for public input regarding its revised fiscal impact statement that purports to show how the bottom line for lower Columbia gillnetters could actually improve if they switched to more selective fisheries. The new plan calls for the netters to use beach or purse seines in the mainstem to catch more, with less impact to ESA-listed fish, and stay financially whole, if they give up gillnetting Chinook and coho on mainstem waters. ...more
USFWS Calls For New Montana Dam Ops For Sturgeon
On May 8, the USFWS requested operations at Libby Dam for sturgeon consist of two periods of peak flows. The first would start when local tributary runoff downstream of the dam is peaking, then ramping up to full powerhouse capacity and maintaining that for 5 to 7 days. Discharges would then be lowered until high elevation runoff in the Kootenai Basin begins, with operations adjusted to release warmer water for the next 7 to 9 days. ...more

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