Clogged Pipe Leaves 400,000 Chinook Dead

By on June 29, 2015

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Clogged Pipe Kills 400,000 Spring Chinook Pre-Smolts

preA fish carcass has clogged an intake pipe at Oregon’s Rock Creek hatchery, resulting in the death of 400,000 spring Chinook pre-smolts, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).

“We have a new intake and a new emergency valve we can open,” explained hatchery manager Dan Meyer in a written statement. “If power to the screens is out, water to the hatchery is severed, and the emergency valve will get water to fish. It was opened for [a] short time during a power outage a few months ago when the emergency generator failed, and we think the carcass may have gotten into the water line then.”

According to ODFW, anglers can expect to realize an impact from the incident beginning with 2017 returns.

Chinook Arrive at Boise River

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game released a second round of Chinook into the Boise River on Friday. Fishing hours for Chinook salmon on the Boise River are 24 hours per day and barbless hooks are not required. The season continues through September 30. Besides a fishing license, anglers need a salmon permit. Two Chinook salmon may be kept per day, regardless of size with a seasonal limit of 20 adult Chinook through September 1, 2015.

Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation Launches Online Activist Tool

Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation (BASC), the new fisheries conservation group, has launched a new website, The new site features what BASC representatives describe as “an all new intuitive online advocacy system that allows fishing enthusiasts to write, call, or tweet their legislators through prewritten engagementsBass4Salt FINAL.”

“Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation isn’t just for bass anglers,” said Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Jeff Kriet. “Many of the anglers I know fish in both salt and freshwater. The issues our coastal fisheries currently face could easily translate into freshwater if we do not take action.”

The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) welcomed the launch of the new resource. CCA president Patrick Murphy praised the BASC site saying it would “help anglers everywhere to raise a unified voice.”

B.C. Lodge Chef Receives Top Honors at Milan Competition

The executive chef at the Outpost, a fishing lodge in Haida Gwaii, has placed fifth in the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition in Milan, Italy, according to the Brandon Sun. Paul Moran was one of ten finalists from an initial entry field of 3,000 who entered the competition.

Moran’s signature dish was blood pigeon smoked and roasted with beet jus and charcoal oil, polenta and salsify. Moran worked closely with Rob Gentile, executive chef at Toronto’s Buca, Bar Buca, Buca Osteria & Bar, and the soon-to-open Jamie’s Italian in Yorkdale.

cover photo courtesy Arthaey Angosii (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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