Adult salmon and steelhead to be passed above Deschutes River dams in 2012March 2nd, 2012
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation recently announced a one-year strategy for upstream passage of up to 50 percent of the returning adult salmon and steelhead that were naturally-reared in historic habitats above Round Butte Dam and passed downstream through the new fish facility.
All these fish were marked by removal of their right maxillary bone when they were captured at the Round Butte Fish Transfer Facility in 2010 and 2011. This is a major milestone in the effort to reintroduce and develop self-sustaining runs of spring Chinook and sockeye salmon, and summer steelhead returning to historically used streams of the middle Deschutes, Metolius and Crooked Rivers. We expect upstream passage to begin when spring Chinook are first captured in the Pelton Fish Trap in late May.
For more information, see the ODFW news release.
- Don Ratliff, senior PGE biologist