Columbia River food webs: Developing a broader scientific foundation for river restoration

Independent Scientific Advisory Board for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Columbia River Basin Indian Tribes, and NOAA Fisheries. Other Contributors: U.S. Geological Survey - Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Washington State University, University of Washington, University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Humboldt State University, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada), Oregon State University, U.S. Forest Service, Rutgers University
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The objectives of this report are to provide a fundamental understanding of aquatic food webs in the Columbia River Basin and to illustrate and summarize their influences on native fish restoration efforts. The spatial scope addresses tributaries, impoundments, the free-flowing Columbia and Snake rivers, as well as the estuary and plume. Achieving the Council's vision for the Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Program (NPCC 2009-09) of sustaining a "productive and diverse community" that provides "abundant" harvest, is best accomplished through a time-prioritized action plan, one that complements other approaches while addressing important challenges and uncertainties related to the Basin's food webs. Note that the oceanic food webs, although of immense importance in sustaining fish populations, are not considered beyond the plume since they involve an additional set of complex and rapidly evolving issues. An analysis of oceanic food webs of relevance to the Columbia River requires a separately focused effort (e.g., Hoegh- Guldberg and Bruno 2010).

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Report
Title Columbia River food webs: Developing a broader scientific foundation for river restoration
Series number ISAB 2011-1
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Publisher location Portland, OR
Contributing office(s) Washington Cooperative Fish Research Unit
Description vii, 354 p.
Country Canada;United States
State Alberta;British Columbia;Idaho;Montana;Nevada;Oregon;Washington
Other Geospatial Columbia River Basin
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