Extended red snapper fishing season prompts legal battle

CBS News – A popular American seafood is at the center of a fight among commercial fishermen and the federal government. Last month, the Trump administration extended the recreational fishing season for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico from just three days to 42 days. Now, environmental groups are suing the Department of Commerce, claiming the decision jeopardizes efforts to rebuild Read More…

Climate change to bring great white sharks to B.C. says UBC prof

CBC – As if climate change isn't already scary enough, here's a new reason to curb emissions. Great white sharks are likely to move north as B.C.'s chilly Pacific waters warm, said associate professor William Cheung of UBC's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. His team has been developing computer simulation models on how fish distributions will change in the future and finds Read More…

Why Some Western Water Agencies Are Writing 100-Year Water Plans

News Deeply – In February of this year, the largest water district in a state with little water enacted a plan that attempts to manage that increasingly fickle resource for 100 years. The plan, Water: 2120, is the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) in New Mexico’s blueprint to direct water procurement, protection and use for the next century. “This Read More…

Speculation about Oroville Dam’s ‘green spot’ grows

Oroville MR – A new report from a UC Berkeley group researching what caused the Lake Oroville spillway to fail in February is concerned that a green spot on the nation’s tallest dam might mean it is leaking. This is not the first time the “green spot” on the southern end of Oroville Dam has been brought up. It has been asked and answered at community meetings, where state Department Read More…

Lake Tahoe Nears Full Capacity for First Time in 11 Years

The Weather Channel – For the first time in 11 years, Lake Tahoe is nearing capacity thanks to snow melt coming off of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The lake level peaked at 6,229 feet on July 9, coming extremely close to its full capacity level of 6,229.1, which hasn’t been reached in over a decade, SF Gate reported. The waterway has managed to flourish despite increased evaporation on Read More…

SGMA Implementation: Sharing Groundwater: A Robust Framework and…

Maven's Notebook – Undoubtedly for some, the specter of the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is a fearsome and expensive thing, fraught with difficulties and expensive science.  But what if there was actually a simpler way to manage groundwater in a way that can provide opportunity and wealth for the community?  At a recent presentation in Bakersfield hosted by Read More…

Flooding season kicks off in Mekong Delta

Viet Nam Net Bridge – Water levels are rising quickly in areas adjacent to Cambodia in Dong Thap Province, weather forcasting and local authorities have reported. According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre, the water level is currently 2.33 metres at Tan Chau Station at the Tien River and 1.95 metres at Chau Doc Station at the Hau River, 0.2-0.3 metres higher than Read More…

Central Valley Fish Trafficking Ring Sentenced Following CDFW Bust

CDFW News – Three Fresno men face jail time and fines after being caught poaching and unlawfully trafficking sport-caught fish, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced. Kue Her, 36, Leepo Her, 33, and Michael Vang, 31, all of Fresno, all pled guilty to charges of illegal poaching of wildlife for profit. Kue Her was sentenced to 52 days in county jail and four years Read More…

Warming Seas Endanger Antarctic Ecosystem, And Billion-Dollar Fishing…

WSHU – A few small islands off the coast of Antarctica are the incubator for nearly all the marine life around the world’s southernmost continent. That’s according to new research from Yale and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The same researchers also believe that climate change on those islands could have a devastating domino effect. The first time Yale biologist Read More…

This Strange Creature Is The First Sunfish Species to Be Discovered…

Science Alert – For the first time in 130 years, researchers have discovered a new species of sunfish that has escaped taxonomy records for almost three centuries. The bizarre new species has been named the Hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta), and has been found in the cold waters of New Zealand, southern Chile, South Africa and the south-east coast of Australia. "The new species managed Read More…