Sturgeon poachers close Gilbert River fishery to all anglers

The Oregonian – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife closed all sturgeon fishing, including catch and release, in Sauvie Island's Gilbert River because of poaching. The department also enacted seasonal angling closures for other fish starting Monday. No fishing will be allowed from April 24 through June 15 and from October through December. Poachers have targeted sturgeon in Read More…

Tribe offers bounty on pike

Omak Chronicle – The Colville Confederated Tribes is offering $10 a head for northern pike caught in the Columbia River above Grand Coulee Dam, the Spokane River upstream to Little Falls or the Kettle River. Program participants will be paid for every northern pike head deposited into designated freezers, with a maximum of $590 going to any individual during the calendar year. Read Read More…

Robot squares up against lionfish in battle to save marine ecology

The National – They can perform surgery, make cars and are fine waiters, but now robots are being used to catch an invasive breed of fish to save the marine environment. Lionfish are venomous, predatory creatures that are breeding out of control and destroying marine ecosystems in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. "On reefs where sport divers are actively diving with harpoons to try Read More…

Progress Made Towards Sustainable Tuna Fishing

The Maritime Executive – In its second canned tuna ranking, Greenpeace USA found that a number of U.S. retailers have made significant progress toward offering consumers more sustainable and ethical products. The tuna ranking evaluated the sourcing policies and practices of 20 brands, including whether the fishing method used to catch their tuna harms other marine life, whether they avoid Read More…

Coastal Ecosystem is Endangered as The Water Temperature Increases,…

The Science Times – A recent study finds the rising of water temperature poses a permanent damage to the ecosystem in the coastal area. When the water temperature rises, A greenhouse gas that endangers the health of ecosystem also increase. In their latest research, marine biologists from the University of Georgia, James Hollibaugh and Sylvia Schaefer finds the correlation between the Read More…

The Blood of the Crab

Popular Mechanics – Meghan Owings plucks a horseshoe crab out of a tank and bends its helmet-shaped shell in half to reveal a soft white membrane. Owings inserts a needle and draws a bit of blood. "See how blue it is," she says, holding the syringe up to the light. It really is. The liquid shines cerulean in the tube. When she's done with the show and tell, Owings squirts the contents of Read More…

USGS finds vast reserves of salty water underground

Phys Org – A new nationwide study has unearthed the huge hidden potential of tapping into salty aquifers as a way to relieve the growing pressure on freshwater supplies across the United States. Digging into data from the country's 60 major aquifers, the U.S. Geological Survey reports that the amount of brackish - or slightly salty - groundwater is more than 35 times the amount of fresh Read More…

Truckee River out of Lake Tahoe has strongest flows since 2006,…

The Sacramento Bee – "What a difference 2 years makes!" writes Jimmy Griffin, the resident who produced this impressive video, on his Facebook page. The video shows the dramatic increase of water on the Truckee River during the 2017 winter in Lake Tahoe, California, compared to 2015. It was a record-breaking year with over 700 inches of snow and 89.7 inches of rain in the Sacramento Valley. Read More…

Pulling the plug on power in Cambodia

Bangkok Post – A fisherman lays down his net in Tonle Sekong River, a tributary of the Mekong River, in Cambodia. The river is the site of several new dams, helping power Cambodia's emerging economy. The cityscape of Phnom Penh resembles a work in progress. On a strip of land marking the cross-section of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, a new hotel under construction and empty plots Read More…

Columbia River regional fish checks show spring chinook fishery…

The Seattle Times – The 503 adult spring Chinook counted at Bonneville Dam through April 16 are the second lowest on record since at least 1939.  The record low are the 205 fish counted through April 16, 2006. Cowlitz River – 8 bank anglers with 1 steelhead kept.  20 boat anglers with 3 adult Chinook kept. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 300 winter-run steelhead Read More…