Sides drawn over salmon runs on Yuba River

The Appeal DemocratBy Ben van der MeerDecember 27, 2012 Days before two sides wrangling over the future of salmon runs on the Yuba River could go to court, one of them is saying something stinks about an extended deadline for a federal government agency to improve the fish's lot. After meeting with representatives from the National Marine Fisheries Service last week, members of the South Yuba Read More…

Record year for salmon on Stanislaus

Stockton RecordDecember 29, 2012 by Alex Brietler More salmon returned to the Stanislaus River this past fall than any other year since monitoring began a decade ago. As of Wednesday, 7,019 fish had been counted passing a weir near Riverbank. Last year saw just 764 fish. The increase is apparently part of a larger upward trend in the Central Valley as salmon continue to rebound from a dramatic Read More…

California’s snowpack levels above normal

The Sacramento BeeDecember 26, 2012Officials say several early season storms have pushed California's snowpack - which supplies much of the state's water - to well above normal levels.The state Department of Water Resources said Wednesday that early electronic readings indicate that the water content of California's snowpack is 146 percent above normal for this time of year. The snowpack usually Read More…

Huge expansion of U.S. protection for N. Calif. waters proposed

Los Angeles TimesBy Kenneth R. WeissDecember 20, 2012Federal officials Thursday proposed a massive expansion to federal protection of waters off Northern California from offshore oil drilling, seabed mining and ocean dumping.The proposal would more than double the size of the national marine sanctuaries around the Cordell Bank and the Farallon Islands. When combined with the massive Monterey Bay Read More…

Worried about underwater creatures, scientists want to hush the noisy…

WBURBy Sacha Pfeiffer and Lynn JolicoeurDecember 20, 2012You might think that the ocean — deep down in the ocean — is a quiet, serene place. Maybe even soundless, other than calls from animals like the great blue whale and occasional underwater earthquakes.But oceans have actually become very loud due to man-made noise from oil rigs, sonar and ship propellers. And scientists are worried that Read More…

Montana has first-ever fisheries plan

Independent RecordBy Eve ByronDecember 26, 2012Montana now has its first-ever statewide fisheries plan. The Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission adopted the plan last week, after noting that it’s a complex document that tries to balance a wide range of issues.“We have seven different regions with different fisheries and you’ve put it all together,” Commissioner Bob Ream told Fisheries Read More…

Fall salmon count has mixed results east of Oakdale

The Modesto BeeBy John Holland December 26, 2012 A salmon nosed around the gravel in a Stanislaus River stretch east of Oakdale, guarding eggs she had just laid.The fish had swum this fall from the Pacific Ocean, her home for the past few years, and found spawning gravel restored by humans to suit her needs. "It's rewarding," said Jason Guignard, a consulting biologist who helped on the Read More…

Salmon return to San Joaquin River

The Stockton RecordBy Peter OttesenDecember 26, 2012Federal officials trapped 116 chinook salmon at Hills Ferry Bridge near Newman in November and released them live at Camp Payshayan near Fresno in attempts to revive the historic run on the San Joaquin River for the first time in 68 years.The translocation effort is an attempt to jump-start the migratory salmon run along the entire river - from Read More…

World’s most extensive salmon tagging program tracks passage…

The Columbia Basin BulletinDecember 21, 2012Pleasing results have been unveiled from an elaborate, expensive experiment to measure whether passage improvements are helping to lift salmon survival at Columbia-Snake river dams above targets set out in the federal fish protection plan.Over the spring and summer nearly 50,000 young fish were captured, implanted with Juvenile Salmon Acoustic Telemetry Read More…

Genetically engineered salmon moves closer to FDA approval

Los Angeles TimesBy Rosie MestelDecember 21, 2012After more than a decade in regulatory limbo, genetically engineered Atlantic salmon that grow faster than their naturally born counterparts moved closer to American plates, with the publication Friday of a government report that found the fish wouldn't hurt the environment and would be safe to eat.The draft report, released by the Food and Drug Read More…