Application targets aggressive sea lions that prey on Columbia River fish between the ocean and McNary Dam.
Data suggests that the first year juvenile fish spend in the ocean is critical to their growth and survival.
The states predict a total 2020 return to the mouth of the river of about 1.2 million fish, a slight increase from 940,000 in 2019. Sockeye is the bright spot.
Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams block salmon passage to the upper Columbia River. Reintroduction 'could be successful to some extent,' the Council's Independent Scientific Advisory Board said after reviewing a feasibility report by the Upper Columbia United Tribes. The ISAB found the report scientifically credible and urged an early analysis of potential reintroduction costs.
Hatchery fish are collected, and wild fish are released in an effort to help rebuild threatened species of Willamette River Chinook and winter steelhead
The report from the Upper Columbia United Tribes completes the first phase of a three-phase strategy in the Council’s 2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program to assess the potential for reintroduction.
Twice as many salmon and steelhead are predicted to return to the Columbia River Basin in 2019 as returned last year, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho state fish biologists reported at the Council’s March meeting.
2018 salmon and steelhead returns to the Columbia River are forecast below average, again.
A June survey of the near-shore ocean off the mouth of the Columbia River found almost no juvenile salmon, despite normal abundance in the river. Why?
On May 19 the Colville Tribes hosted their annual First Salmon Ceremony at the Chief Joseph Hatchery, where the ceremony has been held since 2013.