Commission supports WDFW’s attention to orcas’ needs in crafting fishing seasons

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Washington, Oregon fish and wildlife commissioners will meet to discuss Columbia River salmon reform

  OLYMPIA – The public is invited to attend a meeting scheduled this month by members of the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions to discuss next steps in reforming salmon management on the Columbia River. The meeting is set for Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Oregon Fish and …

WDFW finds 2.75 million chinook fry to help replace fish lost at Minter Creek Hatchery

  OLYMPIA – Up to 2.75 million fall chinook fry are headed to the Minter Creek Hatchery in Pierce County in an effort to replace salmon lost during a Dec. 14 power outage at the facility. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) received approval Friday from NOAA Fisheries – the agency that oversees …

6.2 Million Chinook salmon fry lost after power outage at the Minter Creek Hatchery

  OLYMPIA – As many as 6.2 million chinook salmon fry died last weekend when a windstorm cut power to the Minter Creek Hatchery in Pierce County and the facility’s backup generator failed. The fry were in incubators at the Minter Creek Hatchery operated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The pump …

Commission to discuss Columbia River fisheries, take input on Willapa Bay salmon management

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss the management of Columbia River fisheries Nov. 1-3, which will include a one-day information-sharing workshop with its Oregon counterpart. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene in the Howard …

WDFW authorizes transfer of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound net pens

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has authorized Cooke Aquaculture to transport about 800,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon from the company’s hatchery in Rochester, Wash., to existing net-pen facilities in Puget Sound. WDFW issued the fish transport permit this week after working to ensure Cooke had met all of the state’s …