Heat, drought cook fish alive in Pacific Northwest

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August 2015OREGONFreakishly hot, dry weather in the Pacific Northwest is killing millions of fish in the overheated waters of the region’s rivers and streams. “We’ve lost about 1.5 million juvenile fish this year due to drought conditions at our hatcheries,” Ron Warren of Washington State’s Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement. “This is unlike anything we’ve seen for some time.” Sockeye salmon losses in the Columbia River due to the heat are in the hundreds of thousands, said Jeff Fryer, senior fishery scientist with the river’s Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. The fish were returning from the ocean to spawn when the “unprecedented” warm water killed them, he said. Water temperatures in the Columbia River — part of which runs along the border of Oregon and Washington — reached the low 70s shortly after July 4, something that doesn’t usually happen until August, if at all, Fryer said.
High temperatures — coupled with the low water levels — can be lethal to fish, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. With no end to the drought in sight, there could be additional fish die-offs, said Rod French, a fish biologist with the department. Dead and distressed sockeye salmon found earlier this month in the Deschutes River in Oregon likely came from the Columbia River and were bound for other locations before they swam into the Deschutes in search of cooler water, the department said. Early pathology results suggest they died from columnaris, a bacterial infection typically associated with high water temperatures and/or low levels of dissolved oxygen.
In Idaho, “it’s a tough year for all (migrating) fish, including sockeye,” Mike Peterson, Idaho Fish and Game’s senior sockeye research biologist, said in a statement. Recreational fishermen in the region are also feeling the heat: Warm stream temperatures due to low flows and hot weather cause fish trauma, disease, and deaths, which has prompted the closing of streams to all fishing along the Washington Cascades, Richard Heim of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wrote in this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor report. “When streams get too warm, fish are stressed and as a result the fishing goes downhill fast,” Rick Hargrave, information and education division administrator at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a statement. “Fish stop biting or retreat to deeper, cooler water where they are harder to catch.” July will likely be one of Seattle’s hottest single months on record, the National Weather Service reported.
On Friday, the city hit 90 degrees for the 11th time this summer. That’s an all-time record for normally mild Seattle. The current heat wave is expected to last into early next week. Meanwhile, 100% of Washington and Oregon are now in a drought at the same time, something that hasn’t happened since 2001. The trouble for the fish actually began months ago, when a lack of snowpack from an unusually warm winter resulted in drought conditions throughout much of the Pacific Northwest. Typically, a decent snowpack slowly provides water to rivers and streams, helping to sustain fish through the drier summer months, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. But, with little or no snowpack, flows in many rivers have dropped significantly and water temperatures have increased — deadly conditions for fish. –USA Today
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18 Responses to Heat, drought cook fish alive in Pacific Northwest

  1. Judyc says:

    Sorry, but I do not believe it is global warming, I believe it is global heating, coming from cracks in the core, thereby penetrating the floor of our ocean causing not only boiling water to escape by poisonous, noxious gases to escape, hence the washing up on our shore lines of giant monster deep ocean dwellers. Its not external sun heat, its internal core heat breaking through.


  2. 2littlefawns says:

    Reblogged this on cherubim wishes…creating peace on earth and commented:
    This HAARP doesn’t play music!


  3. Yellow Bird says:

    currently, ODFW has restricted sturgeon fishing in the upriver reservoirs and limited fishing times to the mornings for many of the smaller streams. so far there dont seem to be any unusual restrictions for the main Columbia and Snake rivers, tho i’m not sure whether that is politically/ economically motivated.
    this tool appears to report that Sockeye passage is on track and that it is in fact a very good year for salmon:
    there have been some dead fish, reported at fairly typical levels so far… however im not yet finding local reports of massive fish die-off, not from Fish & Game or even from anecdotal witness (which i would actually tend to give more credence).
    there have been reports of algal and bacterial bloom in parts of the Willamette with caution advised for using swimming holes & dog beaches. nevertheless, summer recreational activities at the beaches seems about normal and i havent heard any reports of major illness anywhere. so, i dont really know.
    i would not say that our large rivers are extremely low at this time… however, there was nowhere near the usual level of snowpack in the mountains last winter. i think if we do not get a lot of good snow this winter, then next year will look much worse. the PacNW has not yet fallen to calamity like its southern sister, but i think we are teetering at the brink.

    it’s certainly VERY HOT and EXTREMELY DRY all over the NorthWest east of the Coastal Range. every lifelong resident ive asked has agreed “we cant ever remember a summer like this” for the extended heat waves. many backyard farmers have given up on their vegie plantings for this year (myself included), its just requiring too much water to keep thirsty vegetables healthy… everything parches very quickly. there was one surprise heavy rainshower that soaked the ground- but by the end of the next day, sunny areas were bone dry again and shady areas not far behind. one unexpected plus: its been so dry that we have not had many lightning fires this year. thankfully its been a very light wildfire season so far.
    i’d love to know how many records have been set in the PacNW for duration of heat/ total number of days. according to Weather.com, in the past 3 months Portland has had 53 days significantly (5+ degrees) over average. i’m not a lifelong resident, even so, that seems remarkable to me.


  4. Jim says:

    Greenhouse effect due to chem-trails?


  5. sharpin la says:

    And Obama’ deplorable positions are here to explain this, “God’s wrath,” when in fact it’s man’s weather wars. Pure evil.

    They are destroying all sources of food so again it aligns with the upcoming famine. They did it in Russia, they did it in China, now they are doing it here. You can’t drive big nations into war so you have to infiltrate them and destroy them from the inside.


  6. California Haarping says:

    California is clearly under a massive HAARP attack with the never ending drought. It is likely being used to create a high pressure system to hold back Fukushima radiation from hitting the coast before TSHTF….

    Liked by 1 person

    • annebeck58 says:

      If you think Cali and all of the West Coast has not been hit by Fukushima, you have not been paying attention. It was hit about four days after the meltdowns began and it continues, today. Why do you think all of the fish,birds,mammals, have washed ashore- dead?
      That is Fukushima. Specific radionuclides have been found that could have only come from Fukushima. Seriously.

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      • California Haarping says:

        Oh I know that Cali has been getting by SOME Fuku radiation but not the FULL onslaught that it would have brought if not for their HAARP playing.

        I firmly believe that the red tide that has recently been reported as up to 600 ft. thick in areas is due to Fukushima radiation killing everything at the front edge of it AND the extreme heating caused by HAARP holding much of the radiation at bay as well.

        Just today there was also a report that eagles, seagulls and whales are dying in droves up in Alaska.


      • California Haarping says:

        I forgot to add that I’m talking about the radiation in the water, not the air, which clearly hit the US within the first week after the “accident” as you noted.

        I know someone on the east coast of the US that was burned by Fuku radiation in a rainstorm in the first months of the aftermath.

        It was likely a silver isotope as it caused a nasty rash that took a very long time to clear up.


  7. annebeck58 says:

    80 degree temps are, “cooking the fish alive”? I guess you think we don’t fish down here in Texas, right? ‘cuz we must not have any fish in our lakes or rivers, right? ‘cuz it is a heckovalot hotter, down here, than it is up there, right?
    80 degree water will NOT COOK FISH. Just ask any linecook. Not gonna happen.

    But, what will kill these poor creatures? Let’s look at the billions/ trillions/ quadrillions of becquerels of radionuclides flowing out of Fukushima, every year, since the meltdowns commenced in Japan. Plutonium is a real killer. So is cesium. And, what about that tritium, which becomes one with water? Think that’s not hurting fish, sea-birds, sea-mammals? Just go out to the beach, take a good look, and please; think again!

    Or, just go back to bed.


  8. annebeck58 says:

    Reblogged this on annebeck58 and commented:
    Poor, sad, ridiculous, SCIENCE and science-writers. Someone has removed their ability to REASON. That is why we find stories such as this:

    (and a moment of silence for the Pacific fish, please..)


  9. pac says:

    It’s so hard to watch this kind of thing happen.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Mike William says:

    How about adding some ice to the rivers. Not hard to do.


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