TROUT UNLIMITED: State official addresses Columbia River issues

June 23, 2013 

Sandra Jonker, wildlife program manager for Southwest Washington with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, will give a program Wednesday on salmon recovery efforts in the lower Columbia River. Jonker will speak at the meeting of the Olympia chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Jonker will discuss issues such as Endangered Species Act-guided recovery plans developed throughout the Columbia River basin, restoring important habitat, improving dam passage survival, changing hatchery programs to assist wild populations, reducing predation and closing or reshaping fisheries to focus on selectively harvesting healthy hatchery fish. She also will talk about managing predation from caspian terns, double-crested cormorants and sea lions in the lower river.

In addition to degrees in philosophy and biology in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, Jonker earned her bachelor and masters of science degrees in wildlife and fisheries biology at the University of Massachusetts.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road NE.

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