Salmon Bring a Better Life to Eastern Washington

In the Northwest, local governments and stakeholders share the responsibility of supporting salmon and habitat recovery. Together, NOAA and the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board are working to improve habitat, restore salmon, and help the local economy. Watch the video below.

 

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Salmon Bring a Better Life to Eastern Washingtondirect link- https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/reopening-rivers-migratory-fish

 

NOAA Fisheries Priorities and
Annual Guidance for 2018-  Released 2/07/2018- the first priority is now – • Maximize fishing opportunities while ensuring the sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities.

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A Message from Chris Oliver      IMG_2970 (1)
Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries
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Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Fresh into my tenure as the newly appointed Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, I am pleased to
introduce our Fisheries Priorities and Annual Guidance for 2018. While our overall strategic goals have not
changed substantially, the context in which we approach those goals has changed; therefore, those goals and our
associated priorities and anticipated results will reflect a more practical approach to managing our fisheries and
associated marine resources. I am proud to be part of this Administration, which through a series of Executive
Orders and other actions has initiated a comprehensive approach to agency and regulatory reform. We must work
to execute our stewardship mission more efficiently, with an emphasis on streamlining our regulatory processes and
approaching that mission in a more business-minded manner. While we operate under many long-standing, mostly
successful governmental processes, we will proactively seek and take advantage of opportunities for improved
operational excellence and efficiency.
Anchored by my lengthy experience in the North Pacific, my primary goal continues to be the long-term
sustainability of our fisheries, for the benefit of commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishermen, processors,
other support industries, and the coastal communities that depend on those fisheries. We do not want to roll back
any of our successes at ending overfishing, rebuilding fisheries, and conserving protected species, but we do want
to maximize our commercial fisheries production to the extent possible, and provide ample fishing opportunities,
stability, and predictability for our recreational fisheries. As I have stated many times, we can have it both ways, and
we can reinvigorate our efforts to promote and facilitate marine aquaculture production to increase our overall U.S.
seafood production.
NOAA Fisheries enjoys a world-class reputation for our robust science and research capabilities, and successful
management of our marine resources will require a continued adherence to a science-based management
approach. But we have to combine that scientific underpinning with practicality and common sense, in order to be
just as effective while doing so more efficiently.
As we are coming off the recent 40-year anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, I want to congratulate and
thank you for the tremendous job you all have done in 2017. It is also the 45-year mark of the Marine Mammal
Protection Act, and also approaching 45 years for the Endangered Species Act. I eagerly look forward to working
with all of our dedicated employees, and our various management partners, as we continue our successes into
2018. Our three Strategic Goals for 2018, as adjusted to reflect the vision of this Administration, are as follows:
• Maximize fishing opportunities while ensuring the sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities.
• Recover and conserve protected species while supporting responsible fishing and resource development.
• Improve organizational excellence and regulatory efficiency.
Again, please accept my gratitude for a job well done, and my enthusiasm to work with you to continue, and
improve, our successful stewardship mission.

Community Program Aides Salmon To Start Their Trek To Ocean

 

A unique partnership from a power utility company and a Non-Profit organization are working to make a difference and improve Adult returns of Salmon to the Cowlitz river.

Through a collaborative effort and unique program between Tacoma Power, a small group- Friends of The Cowlitz (FOC) and Washington Department of Fish Wildlife (WDFW) 50,000 Springer Salmon were released and are beginning their trek to theIMG_2787 ocean with the hope of growing to Adults and returning back to the Cowlitz River.

Springer Salmon (named that as they return earlier/ in the spring than other Chinook Salmon) These salmon started life in Tacoma Powers Cowlitz salmon hatchery in Sulkum WA managed by WDFW, their parents were spawned in October, the eggs incubated, they were raised to a fry size, marked (finclipped) as hatchery fish IMG_3053then transported down river about 10 miles by truck by Tacoma Power /wdfw staff at just over 2” in size, to net pens owned and managed by the FOC volunteers where members feed and assist them for the months it takes them to grow to release size until Tacoma Power and WDFW say time to go kids.  Tacoma Power provides the fish, feed, support assistance and monitor fish health. FOC volunteers build, clean and manage the net pens and salmon feeding, monitor their growth and health, if any concerns call for assistance. Tacoma Power/ WDFW personnel assist FOC members with the release. IMG_2797While these are just a small percentage of the fish released by Tacoma Power hatcheries this unique hatchery satellite program helps make a difference.

 

Tacoma Power Hatchery complex manager Eric Shoblum was onsite to evaluate the releases, “there may be further potential for these types of programs”, said Shoblum, who’s assisting in the hatcheries IMG_3048and regulatory planning process. Shoblum has extensive experience in net pens and acclimation sites in other regions, he’s evaluating the effectiveness and how they might add to the efforts of Tacoma Power to increase adult returns to the Cowlitz River. It gets more complicated in today’s heavily regulated fisheries in reporting and the planning process we go through to NOAA and FERC but these types programs may help and we’d like to support them if they can be accepted by the regulator agencies!

Northwest Fisheries Enhancement –NWFE was also at the release observing the efforts of Tacoma Power and FOC.  Projects like these can be a model for other Community cropped-salmon-fry-chinook1.jpgFisheries Organizations around the Northwest. Acclimation pens, rearing or alternative conservation programs, NWFE portable conservation hatcheries, remote incubator sites all can be done and see results in improved adult fish return of not just hatchery but wild fish born in rivers and this is a great project. Programs like this supported by Public Utilities that have mitigated responsibilities, working  with interested groups and CFOs can help make a difference in Salmon and Steelhead adult returns to a river system said Larry Pryor of NWFE and may decrease rate payer costs. Alternate conservation programs that NWFE and CFOs can manage like this collaborative effort can help make a difference. There are a several types of programs around the NW we’re helping and this is a great example of one, Pryor said!

IMG_3066FOC has been assisting in Net Pen rearing for nearly 20 years, a program began by Don Glasier- president of FOC, IMG_2444 at times as many as 25 net pens along the Cowlitz River with Salmon, Steelhead and Searun Cutthroat Trout, but now just a few pens. In past studies his net pen reared fish have had higher Smolt to Adult Returns (SARs) than the hatchery released fish, he believes due to his and the volunteers attention,  The program success is due to the support of Tacoma Power, WDFW and the many volunteers of Friends of the Cowlitz and their supporters.I Phone 7-21-2015 993

FOC will receive 10,000 searun cutthroat later in the week from TP to be reared and released for their upcoming journey.

NWFE provides project planning, biological, advocacy, funding development support to CFOs to build sustainable, effective programs like this and others around the Northwest.

The Community of the Cowlitz River, fishermen, and those that receive an economic impact of these efforts support CFOs and FOC in membership and donations. You can see more and support at www.mytpu.org, www.nwfe.org and www.friendsofthecowlitz.org

For more info contact:

Northwest Fisheries Enhancement

NWFE.ORG

509-292-6410

 

 

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Blogs

 

More NWFE Blogs coming soon!

 Watch this National Geographic presentation Jan 24, 2017 The Salmon Life Cycle- Columbia River and Northwest Salmon, Wild, Hatchery, Dams

Published on RiverPartners.org  – Your power bill dollars-  ultimately the judgement is on Adult Returns to the Rivers-

Is your money spent well?

We think NWFE can offer better options! Building community programs that work and competitive hatchery management options with better Adult Return results.

 

NW River Partners- River of money