BOISE - Federal authorities should negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River where it forms the border between Idaho and Oregon, a utility company says.Boise-based Idaho Power in a notice made public last week asks the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to exempt the three-dam Hells Canyon Complex from the Oregon statute.National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Fisheries Science Center Coastal Zone and Estuarine Studies Division 2725 Montlake Blvd. Seattle WA 98112 National Marine Fisheries Service Environmental and Technical Services Division 911 N. 11th Avenue Room 620 Portland, OR 97232 April 1991 To be considered for protection under the U. Endangered Species Act (ESA), a group of organisms must qualify as a "species" as defined by the ESA. The NMFS Species Definition Paper (Waples 1991) provides a framework for evaluating the petition for Snake River sockeye salmon () in this context. LEWISTON, Idaho – Scientists and power providers are scrutinizing the Snake River dams to see just how damaging they are for wild fish, in accordance with a federal judge’s orders.
This is particularly true for the first key question that must be addressed, Are Snake River sockeye salmon and kokanee distinct gene pools?
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It’s an issue that’s captivated the attention of former Idaho Fish and Game biologist, Steve Pettit.
He spent years fishing the Clearwater River on his lunch breaks, so if anyone’s watched the waters change over 40 years, Petit says he has.“It’s pathetic. Pettit blames a bad memory that’s stuck like a persistent nightmare.
This question is inherently tied to the question, Are post-Sunbeam Dam sockeye salmon in Redfish Lake direct descendants of the original (pre-1900) sockeye salmon gene pool, or have they recently been produced by the kokanee gene pool?