See the Council's statement regarding the hard work of the Tribes and many agencies of the federal government for reaching this agreement.
After a long trend of dwindling abundance, tribal, state, and federal fish and wildlife managers have seen a welcomed increase in Pacific lamprey at Bonneville Dam.
Jesse Steele, executive director for the Grande Ronde Model Watershed Project, gave an update on its accomplishments. It’s one of seven umbrella projects supported by the Council’s fish and wildlife program.
The Columbia Basin Partnership estimates that 35% of historical populations of anadromous salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin have been lost. Efforts to reintroduce fish populations to areas where they were once abundant generally relies on the help from hatchery fish.
Council members approved funding for nonrecurring maintenance of fish screens and hatcheries.
The Hanford Reach of the Columbia River is the only free-flowing portion of the river in the U.S., home to 70 percent of the Chinook salmon that spawn in the Columbia system.
Despite good ocean conditions in the recent years, the trend for the future is not encouraging, according to NOAA Supervisory Research Fish Biologist Brian Burke.
The Council was briefed on the continued support for addressing non-recurring maintenance needs for past fish and wildlife investments in hatcheries, fish screens, and mitigation lands.
WDFW & IDFG gave an overview of the 2022 adult Chinook, coho, sockeye, and chum salmon and steelhead runs for the Columbia River and expectations for the 2023 fisheries, including information on the Snake River Basin salmon and steelhead returns and the forecast returns for 2023.
When invasive and non-native species become introduced into a location, the results can be devastating. From aquatic mussels to wild pigs, they can spread disease, feed on endangered species, compete for resources, overwhelm native species, reduce diversity, and often create cascading effects to the food web.