Disappearance of wild salmon hurts local economy

Seattle Times – Salmon and the Pacific Northwest used to go hand in hand, right? Not anymore. Back in the early 1900s, hundreds of thousands of naturally spawning salmon and steelhead could be found in Puget Sound each year. Today there are only tens of thousands. This is an alarming change, for our environment and local economy. “I started at Pacific Fish in August, 1977,” says Bob Read More…

County water agency officials call for rapid response to worsening…

Monterey Herald – Told by staff that northern Salinas Valley seawater intrusion is almost certainly worse now than it was two years ago, Monterey County Water Resources Agency board members called for an expedited response to the worsening problem. After agency staff predicted continued growth over the last two years of “islands” of salty water impinging on critical underground fresh Read More…

California had record water year. Why Central Valley must invest in…

The Sacramento Bee – Massive floods hit Houston and devastating hurricanes struck Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Yet one of the more remarkable stories in the past year is the catastrophe that did not happen: massive flooding in California. California experienced its wettest water year on record in 2016-17. In previous decades, that huge volume of water would have caused lethal floods, Read More…

Bid to reduce antibiotic use in aquaculture

The Fish Site – A new project that aims to help reduce the use of antimicrobials in the aquaculture industry has been completed by WorldFish this week. The research from the non-profit organisation, undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-food Systems (FISH), identifies means to lessen the use of antimicrobials, such as antibiotics, antivirals, and antiprotozoals. Read More…

Measures to Boost Salmon Are Working, but Some Fear They Could…

News Deeply – Last spring, the outlook for California’s 2017 Chinook salmon fishing season was dire. Years of drought had taken a toll on the rivers where salmon spawn, reducing them to lukewarm trickles. As a result, the number of adult fish was seriously depleted, reported scientists with the Pacific Fishery Management Council. They estimated just 230,000 Sacramento River Chinook to be Read More…

Release of juvenile salmon jump-starts Russian River

The San Francisco Chronicle – It is part of the release of 140,000 coho salmon this fall in a public-private partnership to restore coho, or silver salmon, in 10 tributaries that feed into the Russian River. The result of restoration efforts in the Bay Area and beyond has turned salmon watching into a spectator sport. With fall rains, the prospects are promising in the coming six weeks Read More…

NPS seeks to expanded management plan for non-native fish below Glen…

Daily Miner – A public scoping period for an expanded management plan for non-native aquatic species in Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area will run through Dec. 14. NPS is seeking public input on an Expanded Non-native Aquatic Species Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) during the 30-day period. To assist the public in understanding the Read More…

Experts: Idaho hatchery built to save salmon is killing them

The Seattle Times – A relatively new $13.5 million hatchery intended to save Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction is instead killing thousands of fish before they ever get to the ocean, and fisheries biologists in Idaho think they know why. The Department of Fish and Game, in information released this week, says water chemistry at the Springfield Hatchery in eastern Idaho is so Read More…

Endangered orcas compete with seals, sea lions for salmon

ABC News – Harbor seals, sea lions and some fish-eating killer whales have been rebounding along the Northeast Pacific Ocean in recent decades. But that boom has come with a trade-off: They're devouring more of the salmon prized by a unique but fragile population of endangered orcas. Competition with other marine mammals for the same food may be a bigger problem than fishing, at least in Read More…

Shrinking sardine catch must ring alarm bells

Herald – Goa is synonymous with the three F’s - feni, fish and football. And Goan platter in incomplete without fish-curry-rice, which is the staple food of Goans since time immemorial. The Portuguese introduced chillies in Goa in 15th century and that’s how curry became the integral part of the Goan and South Asian cuisine. Recently, Herald reported a drop in catch of clupeid fish Read More…