ASTORIA, Ore. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to remove 500 eggs from double-crested cormorant nests as part of a long-term management plan to protect juvenile salmon being eaten by the cormorants in the Columbia River. The Corps is in the fourth year of a five-year plan to cut the cormorant population on East Sand Island at the…
LEWISTON, Idaho — Fisheries managers should shut down steelhead fishing in the Columbia and Snake river basins to protect a wild run that returns to Idaho’s Clearwater River, according to a conservation group. The Conservation Angler told The Lewiston Tribune in a story on Saturday that even catch-and-release regulations threaten the survival of B-run steelhead. In a letter to Idaho…
The Army Corps of Engineers kills the birds to reduce predation on runs of threatened and endangered juvenile salmon.
But the number of anglers out on the Columbia River trying to land sturgeon – and the number of fish caught – was so high this past Saturday and Monday that fisheries managers are now considering closing the season early.
One plan fisheries managers are considering to combat the low returns is restricting where anglers can fish during each month.
Corps officials say the birds eat up to 11 million juvenile salmon annually.
Hope is to provide cooler habitat for migrating fish in the Columbia River system of Washington and Oregon.
Eighty percent of spring and summer wild chinook will be granted to recreational anglers, with remaining 20 percent harvested by commercial fishers