Biologists Tell Council That Sea Lion Predation Puts Willamette…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – As the steelhead population above Willamette Falls declines, sea lion predation increases, putting the endangered fish at risk of extinction with only 512 making their way upriver. Until 1998, Willamette winter steelhead numbers above the falls bounced up and down from 5,000 to more than 20,000 a year. For 20 years they have been mostly on a downward trend Read More…

Steelhead ‘fish passages’ will be subject of West Contra Costa…

East Bay Times – Grizzly Peak Fly Fishers will host a tour of a recently completed fish passage under Interstate 80 in Pinole on Oct. 1. Pinole Creek supports a viable population of steelhead, and East Bay conservation groups have worked together with local government agencies to make the fish passage a reaility, according to Will Moore, conservation chairman for Grizzly Peak Fly Read More…

Smith Island habitat restoration cost to rise $1.2 million

Herald Net – The cost of building a new dike to help restore tidal marshes on Smith Island is expected to cost Snohomish County $1.2 million more than originally thought. The salmon-habitat project is set to wrap up next summer at an overall cost of $28 million. That’s when a contractor would breach old dikes, allowing about 350 acres of low-lying farmland to flood. “The bottom Read More…

Dams and other barriers to salmon spawning grounds create challenges…

Phys Org – Wild salmon, historically, are born in rivers, swim to sea to live out their adulthoods, and find their way back to their freshwater spawning grounds to reproduce before dying. But dams and other barriers to spawning grounds have disconnected that natural cycle, requiring fisheries managers to get creative to support salmon populations. It is now fairly common to transport Read More…

DR. BRUCE HERBOLD: Delta Flows and the effects of water transfers

Maven's Notebook – Dr. Bruce Herbold is a retired EPA fish biologist and now a consultant on the same issues. In this presentation from the AquAlliance conference last fall, Dr. Herbold discusses drought, flows in the Delta, and the effects of transfers on the fish in the Delta. Dr. Herbold began by saying that managing water in California is fraught with difficulties, and one of the Read More…

Biologists hope captive-raised fingerling suckers survive long enough…

FWS – On a drizzly spring day, several hundred captive-raised shortnose and Lost River sucker fry were quickly netted from the safety of round tanks at a rearing facility and placed in large, fiberglass tubs on trucks. Battery-operated aerators hummed as they kept the water moving, providing the fry a blanket of bubbles for cover during the hour-long drive to the Upper Klamath Lake Read More…

Just as the Carmel River is bouncing back, its most iconic…

Monterey County Weekly – When California American Water held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in June 2013, celebrating the start of the San Clemente Dam removal, there was cake. Not just any cake, but one immaculately crafted to look like the dam and surrounding terrain. Though well-intended, the celebration – at least as it relates to the river’s steelhead – was premature. Flash Read More…

Illegal gillnetters busted on Deschutes with 85 chinook

The Spokesman Review – Working on numerous complaints of illegal gillnetting on the Columbia River at the Deschutes River Sanctuary, Oregon State Police teamed with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement for a nighttime river patrol that caught two people deploying gillnets illegally before confiscating 85 chinook salmon and one steelhead. The Sept. 18 patrol located a Read More…

Protected waters foster resurgence of West Coast rockfish

Phys Org – West Coast rockfish species in deep collapse only 20 years ago have multiplied rapidly in large marine protected areas off Southern California, likely seeding surrounding waters with enough offspring to offer promise of renewed fishing, a new study has found. The research published in Royal Society Open Science shows that protecting important ocean habitat promotes the Read More…

A sea change in Pacific fish wars

FIS – In ominous times, the world is already at war over fish, and seafood-loving Japan finds itself pitted against fish-hungry nations and region like China, North Korea, Taiwan, and the US. Japan has been losing out to the competition lately, and finds it increasingly difficult to ensure steady supplies to homes and restaurants. Even inexpensive species used for general consumption, Read More…