Salinas children restoring Monterey’s coastal dunes

USFWS – Seven-year-old Mairenee delicately places the tiny coastal dune plant into the sand with care not to damage its fragile roots. In her eyes one can see determination, admiration, and even hope in returning this small patch of earth back to its natural state. Mairenee joins more than 30 of her classmates on an early spring morning at Monterey State Beach as part of the Return of the Read More…

Columbia River shad count lowest in 33 years

The Seattle Times – 285 bank rods kept 22 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook and 1 steelhead and released 2 adult spring Chinook and 5 cutthroats.  94 boat rods kept 28 adult spring Chinook and 1 steelhead and released 5 cutthroats. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 315 spring Chinook adults, 34 spring Chinook jacks, 43 winter-run steelhead adults and 18 summer-run steelhead Read More…

California’s ‘iconic’ native fish facing extinction, with…

The Press Democrat – On a tree-shaded bend in Dutch Bill Creek at Monte Rio, three technicians from the Sonoma County Water Agency huddled on a gravel bar to examine the day’s catch, all in the name of science and a sustained campaign to restore one of California’s most endangered fish. Retrieving 163 coho salmon smolts, or young fish, from a wooden fish trap set in knee-deep, clear Read More…

Bad salmon run hints at trouble ahead

Daily Astorian – Count backward three years and we come to 2014 — precursor to this spring’s extremely poor salmon returns. Fewer than 45,000 adult spring Chinook and about 5,300 immature jacks have been counted at Bonneville Dam, compared to 10-year averages of about 135,000 and 21,000. Shad, another species that should begin surging toward inland spawning grounds about now, reached Read More…

Saving Idaho’s salmon: Nature again turns against returning fish…

The Idaho Statesman – Idaho’s salmon run this year is beginning to look bleak. Oregon and Washington officials shut down fishing season on the lower Columbia River earlier this month because so few spring chinook heading for spawning grounds in Idaho and other Snake River tributaries had shown up at the Bonneville Dam near Portland. Idaho’s Fish and Game Commission took a wait-and-see Read More…

Anglers put the bite on Columbia River bass

The Spokesman Review – Even with the Walla Walla River running high and milk-chocolate brown in mid-April, a couple of anglers casting crawdad jigs from a raft were hooking not-so-small smallmouth bass in the 2- to 4-pound range in nearly every significant pocket of soft, shallow shoreline water they could find. The river loads up with smallies that swim out of the Columbia to stage for Read More…

Summer steelhead fishing faces sharp restrictions on the Columbia…

The Oregonian – Oregon fish managers will host a public meeting Wednesday to get public opinion about how to cope with low summer steelhead runs in the Columbia River and its tributaries. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the lower conference room of the department's regional office in Clackamas, 17330 SE Evelyn St. Drive through the gate and follow the driveway down to the lower-level Read More…

More juvenile fish die at Little Goose Dam

Tri-City Herald – More young fish have died at the Little Goose Dam juvenile fish bypass system because of debris swept into the unusually high waters of the Snake River this spring. The Army Corps said Friday that screens that act as barriers to protect fish in the bypass system of the dam were damaged by debris. Juvenile steelhead and salmon were trapped between the mesh of the screens Read More…

Washington Loses Fight, Might Pay Up To $2B To Save salmon

Columbia Basin Herald – Washington state lost a major legal battle Friday, which could force it spend nearly $2 billion to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year affirmed a lower court's 2013 ruling ordering the state to fix or replace hundreds of culverts — large pipes that allow streams to pass Read More…