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NOAA Taking Comments From Fisheries Managers On Salmon Rebuilding Report Key To Administration’s Collaborative Recovery Efforts

August 11th, 2022

Urgent and comprehensive large-scale actions in the Columbia River basin will be needed to meet mid-range salmon and steelhead abundance goals set by the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force in 2020, according to a draft report by NOAA Fisheries released nearly a month ago by the White House. The agency is now taking comments until the end of the month on a report that could play a key role in the Biden Administration’s efforts to collaboratively move forward on Columbia/Snake river salmon recovery.

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Federal Judge Says NOAA’s Approval Of Southeast Alaska Troll Salmon Fishery Fails To Protect ESA-Listed Salmon, Whales

August 11th, 2022

A Seattle federal district court judge ruled this week that NOAA Fisheries’ authorization of the Southeast Alaska troll fishery violated the Endangered Species Act by approving harvest levels that fail to protect Southern Resident killer whales and wild chinook listed under the ESA.

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Anticipating Shasta Lake Water Too Hot For Sacramento River Salmon, Innovative Chilling Units At Hatchery Protecting ESA Chinook

August 11th, 2022

The Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are partnering to protect winter-run Chinook salmon in a crucial year of their life cycle at the Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery at Shasta Lake during the third consecutive drought year in California.

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USFWS Report Says Reintroducing Sea Otters To Northern California, Oregon Feasible; No Recommendation, Next Steps Stakeholder Engagement

August 11th, 2022

Under a directive from Congress, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service evaluated the feasibility of reintroducing sea otters to their historical range along the West Coast of the contiguous United States. The Service focused the assessment on northern California and Oregon, where potential sea otter reintroduction would have the greatest conservation value.

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