East Bay: Threatened fish get truckin’ with a lift to spawning…

East Bay Times – Larger than usual numbers of threatened steelhead trout swam from the ocean into Alameda Creek after heavy rains this year — and ran into the same concrete barriers that have blocked their migration for decades. On Wednesday, the fish got a lift in a decades long campaign to bring back the steelhead, an iconic seagoing trout, to the Bay Area’s largest Read More…

Oregon FW Commission Moves Closer To Washington State With Harvest,…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – At the urging of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for the second time in two months changed Oregon harvest reform rules at its March 17 meeting in Corvallis, bringing the rules closer to those adopted by the Washington Commission in January. The two-state harvest reform rules initially called for the removal of all commercial Read More…

Shrinking Salton Sea threatens wildlife

Record Searchlight – Over the years, many of the birds that visit Shasta County have found a migratory fuel stop in the richness of the Salton Sea, a short hour’s drive from Palm Springs. The flood that re-created it must have been of almost Biblical proportions.  In 1905-07, canal levees were breached, sending the entire flow of the Colorado River into a vast basin – the bed of the Read More…

Listed Steelhead Move Into New Habitat Created By Removal Of Obsolete…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – When a couple of concerned citizens witnessed adult steelhead spawning downstream from an obsolete dam outside a small town in Idaho, local agencies came together to remove the fish barrier and restore passage to historic spawning grounds unattainable for nearly 100 years. City of Troy’s mayor Ken Whitney said Cliff Swanson lives on the outskirts of this Read More…

Vella’s Arctic role

The Fish Site – An agreement to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean is now “in reach”, following the fourth round of international negotiations, which took place in Reykjavik last week. The European Union participated in the meeting and Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, said: “I am encouraged by the Read More…

Salmon fishermen renew efforts to save WA industry by establishing…

ABC News – The Western Australian salmon fishing industry will call on the new Minister for Fisheries to fund an independent assessment into current stock levels of Australian salmon. For the past three years commercial operators have been appealing to the State Government and Department of Fisheries to get a Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) of at least 2,000 tonne a year in order Read More…

Damage, design flaws in Oroville Dam spillway point to lengthy…

The Sacramento Bee – The main spillway at Oroville Dam is riddled with design flaws and so badly damaged that an independent panel of experts hired by the state has concluded it’s probably impossible to repair the structure completely before the next rainy season begins in November. The panel of four engineering consultants, in a recent memo to the state Department of Water Resources, Read More…

Another reservoir overflows as Northern California receives more rain

Los Angeles Times – The milestones marking California’s wettest year in decades continued to pile up Thursday, as state water officials said a reservoir high up in the Sierra Nevada has exceeded capacity for the first time in 21 years. Lake Davis began overflowing onto its earth-and-rock spillway Wednesday after a couple of light rainstorms this week, Department of Water Resources Read More…

Flooding possible along Sprague River

Herald and News – Klamath County Emergency Management has mobilized volunteers to respond to possible flooding along the Sprague River after water levels rose beyond expectations Tuesday. In a statement from Emergency Manager Morgan Lindsay, water levels between Beatty and Chiloquin were higher than what expected after increased rain and snow melt. Lindsay said levels observed Tuesday Read More…

Study Details Adult Spring Chinook Mortality From Willamette Falls To…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – Some 10 percent to 21 percent of adult spring chinook migrating in the Willamette River will die before reaching tributaries to spawn, according to a recent study, and the fish most likely to die are those that were injured downstream of Willamette Falls by sea lions, as well as from other migratory-related causes such as descaling and head Read More…