Thursday, February 3, 2011

Weekly Action List 2/3/2011

Please take a few minutes to make your voice heard on these important issues.

Wild Fish First on the Sandy. The Sandy River near Portland Oregon is home to listed Chinook, Coho and Steelhead. Despite millions of dollars invested in habitat recovery and dam removal in the basin over the last decade ODFW continues to treat the watershed like a hatchery raceway and wild stocks slide further into decline. As recently as the 1980s the Sandy saw returns of more than 4000 winter steelhead per year, today the run is only about 1000 fish and continues to decline. Visit the Native Fish Society's website to tell ODFW, put wild fish first on the Sandy.

Steelhead on the Menu? Let us know. We've put a call out to anglers and advocates, if you see steelhead in a restaurant or grocer in your community please contact us immediately. Enough is enough, it's time that we united under one banner to oppose the ongoing over-harvest of wild steelhead.

More Delays for Condit Dam? Condit Dam on Southwest Washington's White Salmon River has blocked wild salmon and steelhead for more than 97 years. It has been scheduled for removal since 2006 but a series of delays have pushed the the removal back until this fall. Now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is threatening to delay the project again. Write them and tell them how important this project is for our region and for wild salmon. Enough waiting, Condit Dam must come out in 2011.

New Direction for the Snake River. President Obama has called for Innovation and Investment in the State of the Union. It's time we stopped wasting millions annually on the Snake subsidizing the extinction of wild salmon. Write President Obama, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and tell them we want a free flowing Snake River.

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Disease Threatens Georgia Basin Salmonids.
In a report published in Science a Canadian federal researcher documented for the first time the presence of a viral outbreak in Fraser Sockeye. The researchers found that infected fish had a 13.5 fold increase in the likelihood of prespawn mortality which has plauged the Fraser in recent years. Even more disturbing is the fact that DFO has known about the virus since 2009 and it has been linked to high early marine survival in juvenile chinook, coho and sockeye but they have thus far refused to test salmon farms. Sign Alex Morton's petition and demand that fisheries minister Gail Shea allow DFO scientists to test salmon farms.

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Protect Puget Sound From Oil Spills. Each year more than 15 billion gallons of oil are shipped through the Puget Sound however government agencies are woefully unprepared to address the possibility of a spill. Sign People for Puget Sound's Petition asking Washington State legislators to provide better funding and regulations to ensure that a catastrophic oil spill never occurs in the Sound.

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Enbridge Northern Gateway. The Enbridge corporation has proposed to build a pipeline from the Alberta Tar sands to the BC coast. The proposal would build two pipelines through some of the most unstable avalanche and landslide prone terrain in BC crossing the Upper Fraser and Skeena system before loading oil onto super tankers at Kitimat and shipping it down the BC coast. The Northern Gateway is a threat to three of the greatest salmon bearing ecosystems in the world and if the project goes forward it is not a matter of if but when a catastrophic spill occurs. Visit the dogwood initiative's website and sign their petition:

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