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Federal Columbia basin plan for salmon and orcas lacks good science


On October 29, salmon advocates asked a federal judge to reject the Obama Administration’s 2010 Plan for Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead. This includes chinook salmon that are essential nutrition for our Southern Resident Killer Whales. Today, three facts are clear. One, our orca are often very hungry. Two, they historically dined regularly on Columbia [...]

Administrations (limited) interest in salmon


Lubchenco and Sutley (head of CEQ) are coming to NW next week to talk to scientists about Columbia/Snake salmon. A very welcome development. Unfortunately, they aren’t talking to any conservation groups, or fishermen, who have to be part of the solution. What’s up with that? See Joel Connelly’s recent blog in the P-I.

North Kitsap Nearshore Fish


Paul Dorn, Preliminary Results of Beach Seine Sampling in 2007 and 2008. Unmarked coho dominated our seines, particularly in may/june.  Coho size about 120-140cm, larger if from hatchery.  Lots of juvenile chum in apr/may/june (many more in 2007 than in 2008, probably due to Dec 07 floods).  2008 pink salmon (may/june) show this is part [...]

$37.5M to help feed southern residents


It will be fascinating to see how this money is actually spent. The article mentions using part of the $30M to retire licenses from commercial troll fishers. I’m guessing the $15M ($7.5M from Canada and the same from the U.S.) will be helping to replenish the PSC portfolio. This could mean renewed funding in 2010 [...]

The 6th H of salmon abundance: Heat


The clipping below is from a Daily Astorian article on an EPA report regarding global warming’s potential influence on Northwest salmon.  Of most import for killer whale conservationists are the implications of what James Martin calls a “perfect storm” for salmon: low snow pack with low, warm flows in the summer. Martin provides a nice [...]