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.
This year, for the first time since 1956, no hatchery steelhead were released into Oregon’s Hood River basin. By 2025, except for a few hatchery strays, steelhead returns to the Hood River and its tributaries will be wild steelhead only.
An Oregon judge has granted a preliminary injunction that led to the release of hatchery summer steelhead smolts into the North Umpqua River Thursday (May 19) , reversing last month’s ruling by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.
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.
In a split 4-3 vote at its meeting in Astoria Friday, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission decided to not release hatchery summer steelhead smolts into the North Umpqua River this year and eliminate the Rock Creek summer steelhead hatchery program.
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.
The Upper Columbia United Tribes secured over $3 million in funding in the Washington State supplemental budget for salmon reintroduction in the upper Columbia.
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.
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.