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: Steelhead Smolt Migration - Research

07-05-2002, 11:55 AM

If successful possibly could be used on many NA rivers with dams and andramous fish (salmon/steelhead trout).

Any one heard of this before ?

Whiskey Dick
07-05-2002, 11:21 PM
pmflyfisher, it sound interesting and i hope it will work. Here on the Columbia they barge smolts around the dams, I had an interesting conversation with an employee at one of the dams and he is convinced that the smolts can go through the turbines and 95% will survive!!!!. thats a new one on me,tight lines,brian

07-06-2002, 01:52 AM
I recall seeing a report at the Wild Steelhead Coalition web site that smolt and juvenile mortality through the Snake River dams' turbines was 85%. Since there is no way the present administration will allow the removal of the dams, I earnestly hope a way is found to save this great fishery before they reach the point of no return.

Personally, I believe this approach is someone's pipe dream and simply another delay. Hey all, we working real hard to find solutions - Yeah, right!


07-06-2002, 08:40 AM
It kills me when I see statistics like that saying the majority of the smolts survive the dam turbines. I wonder what SWAG methodology and empirical data bases they are using to come up with those ?

Just does not sound logical to me.