Hot, Dry, Low-Flow Conditions Has California Trucking 20 Million Hatchery Salmon Smolts To Ocean; Placed In Seaside Net Pens

June 23rd, 2022

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is nearing the completion of its efforts to transport 19.7 million hatchery-raised fall-run and 960,000 spring-run juvenile Chinook salmon to the San Pablo Bay, San Francisco Bay and seaside net pens this spring and summer.

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Tribes Did The “Heavy Lifting’ On Bringing Once Extinct Coho Back To Upper Columbia, Snake River Basin

May 12th, 2022

Historically about one million coho salmon returned annually to the Columbia River and were abundant throughout the upper Columbia River and Snake River watersheds. By the 1980s, the fish were gone from the basin interior  – extirpated. But today, in several rivers above Bonneville Dam, the coho are back.

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California Hatcheries Hit Again With Bacterial Outbreaks, Pacific Flyway Birds May Be Vector

April 27th, 2022

Two California Department of Fish and Wildlife fish hatchery facilities in the eastern Sierra have recently detected an outbreak of Lactococcus petauri, a naturally occurring bacteria that sickens fish. Biologists speculate Pacific Flyway birds may have carried the disease from Mexican fish farms to the hatcheries.

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White House Plans On Being Involved With Columbia Basin Salmon Recovery As BiOp Litigation Talks Continue; Collaborative Approves A Charter

March 31st, 2022

The White House this week made clear it plans to be involved in Columbia River salmon recovery, saying it has engaged mediators to facilitate “public policy dialogue” with governments and stakeholders.

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More Spill For Salmon Bumped BPA Fish/Wildlife Costs Up 18 Percent In 2021;  For ESA Fish, Most Spent On Mid-Columbia Steelhead At $36 Million

March 31st, 2022

Total Bonneville Power Administration fish and wildlife costs last year (fiscal year 2021) rose 18 percent over FY2020 from $611.5 million to $744.5 million, making up about 25 percent of the power marketing agency’s wholesale power rate, according to a report to Northwest governors released for public comment by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

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