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Feb. 04, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

4 threats to Columbia River sturgeon

The sturgeon count on the Columbia River has plummeted from 202,200 in 1995 to 77,000 this year. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is expected to cut sturgeon catch limits for the fourth year in a row. The fish aren't at risk of extinction, but something is wrong. As The Oregonian reports today, fishery managers don't know as much about sturgeon as they do salmon and steelhead. But they note five threats that could be contributing to their decline: Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Columbia River Basin, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sea lions, Sturgeon

Jan. 24, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Another sturgeon catch decline: Blame sea lions?

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission agreed on another cut to sturgeon catch limits on Friday, capping the annual catch at 17,000 fish for sport and commercial boats below Bonneville Dam for 2011-13. As Allen Thomas at The Columbian reports, that's down from a limit of 24,000 last year – which was already the result of a 40 percent reduction. This year's cutback is the fourth since 1997, when the annual limit was 67,300. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Sea lions, Sturgeon

Dec. 20, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

Lacking sturgeon, Willamette fishery delayed

Bill Monroe reports on a joint decision by Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife officials to delay a popular catch-and-keep winter sturgeon season on the Willamette River that was due to open Jan. 1. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Fisheries, Sturgeon, Willamette River

Dec. 16, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

Feds consider delisting Northwest Steller sea lions

Steller sea lions on a portion of the Pacific Coast are being considered for expedited removal from the Endangered Species list. National Marine Fisheries Service reported this week that petitions by the states of Oregon, Washington and Alaska to delist the population immediately (instead of waiting for a five-year review) "may be warranted." The agency is continuing with a status review of the so-called "eastern group" of the population, which state fish and wildlife agencies say has been growing by an average of 3 percent a year for 30 years (as opposed to the "western group" in the Aleutian Islands, which have been declining). And public comments will be accepted for 60 days. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Columbia River Basin, Endangered species, Sea lions, Sturgeon

Dec. 13, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

Dilemma: Protected Steller sea lions vs. sturgeon

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Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Bonneville Dam, Sea lions, Sturgeon

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In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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