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NORTHWEST POWER PLANNING COUNCIL: FISHERIES SERVICE DIRECTOR SCHMITTEN PRAISES COUNCIL SALMON RECOVERY PLAN

NORTHWEST POWER PLANNING COUNCIL: FISHERIES SERVICE DIRECTOR SCHMITTEN
 PRAISES COUNCIL SALMON RECOVERY PLAN
 SEATTLE, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Northwest Power Planning Council:
 The regional director of the National Marine Fisheries Service said today that the Northwest Power Planning Council's salmon recovery efforts will accelerate a recovery plan for endangered Snake River sockeye by more than a year.
 "I believe in giving credit where credit is due. I'm here to praise this council, and your staff, for producing a significant recovery program that will provide a basis for the federal recovery team," Rolland Schmitten told members of the Power Planning Council, who are meeting in Seattle today and Wednesday. "And you did it in the time frame that you established for yourself. Producing a plan on time is becoming a very rare item in the bureaucratic world that we live in."
 Last November, the National Marine Fisheries Service declared Snake River sockeye salmon an endangered species under the federal Endangered Species Act. The agency appointed a seven-member team of fisheries and hydropower experts to prepare a recovery plan, which Schmitten hopes to have completed in draft form by next September. The sockeye recovery team will collaborate with the council.
 Meanwhile, the council is amending its Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program to increase protection of all salmon and steelhead runs in the basin. In December, the council ordered changes in how Columbia and Snake river dams are operated in order to enable young salmon to migrate downstream more safely. The council also called for reductions in the number of salmon caught by commercial and recreational fishers. Now the council is reviewing improvements to spawning and rearing habitat and other means of increasing fish production. The council expects to complete that work by August.
 Ted Bottiger, chairman of the council's Fish and Wildlife Committee, noted that between now and August the council will focus on correcting land uses that can hurt both fish and wildlife.
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 /CONTACT: John Harrison of the Northwest Power Planning Council, 503-222-5161/ CO: Northwest Power Planning Council; National Marine Fisheries
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