US Commerce Secretary declares disaster for Alaska salmon fisheries

Alaska DispatchBy Ben AndersonSeptember 13, 2012Back in August, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell requested a disaster declaration from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank, citing low king salmon runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers as well as Upper Cook Inlet. On Thursday, Blank granted that disaster declaration request, which moves the process into Congress to determine how much in Read More…

Feminized fish: a side effect of emerging contaminants

OPBSeptember 13, 2012Rivers in America have stopped catching on fire. Big industrial polluters have been reined in. Overall, water quality has improved under the Clean Water Act.But for all of its successes, the landmark environmental law was never designed to control contaminants that emerged after its 1972 passage. These pollutants are affecting the environment in new and different Read More…

Modeling used to predict age- and season-based distributions of North…

PhysOrgSeptember 13, 2012Climate change is causing the temperature of the sea to rise. This is having an impact on the distribution of sole and plaice species in the North Sea. Researchers from IMARES Wageningen UR and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) have used EU funding to devise a model for predicting the age-based and season-based distribution of these flatfish in the Read More…

Salmon’s future tied to food supply

The Idaho StatesmanBy Rocky BackerSeptember 13, 2012The fate of the tiny fish that are crucial to Idaho’s salmon when they live in the ocean lies with a panel that’s meeting in Boise this week.Sardines, herring, smelt and other small fish make up as much as 50 percent of the diet of salmon during the one to three years they spend in the Pacific. But with increasing world demand for protein, Read More…

Database for regional fisheries assessments to be established

Fish UpdateSeptember 12, 2012The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is now hosting the Regional Database FishFrame (RDB-FishFrame), a regionally coordinated database platform for fisheries assessments.The database, which covers fisheries in the North Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, addresses fishery management needs related to the European Union Common Read More…

Globally, little forage fish net big profits

FuturityBy Jacob Levich-Stony BrookSeptember 10, 2012While helping to maintain the health of marine ecosystems, small forage fish contribute at least $16.9 billion annually to the worldwide fishing industry, a new study shows.A first-time analysis estimates three kinds of contributions from small schooling species such as herring, anchovies, and sardines:  direct catch, as food for other Read More…

New study provides detailed view of pre-development Delta

CDFG NewsBy Carl WilcoxSeptember 13, 2012The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta has been transformed over 150 years from the largest system of wetlands on the West Coast of the United States into an expanse of farms, levees and channels that support California’s water delivery system.A new study provides a detailed look at the Delta before levees and water diversions permanently altered it. Read More…

Central San Joaquin Valley farmers feel ignored in historic water…

The Produce NewsBy Ed BolingSeptember 12, 2012The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has seemingly ignored outreach efforts by commodity groups in California's San Joaquin Valley as it works through the proposed long-term Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program.The seven-member board heard presentations from staff members at a recent Central Valley Water Board meeting. The day Read More…

Big stink in L.A. may be dying Salton Sea

The San Francisco ChronicleSeptember 11, 2012The saltwater lake that could be to blame for a rotten-egg stench that seeped through greater Los Angeles on Monday has bigger problems than its public image.The massive body of water 150 miles southeast of the City of Angels is a dying lake, plagued by increasing salinity, receding shorelines and periodic fish die-offs caused by plummeting oxygen Read More…

Plentiful fall chinook, savvy tribal fishermen hit the Columbia River…

The OregonianSeptember 11, 2012Three tribal fishermen pull the 300-foot-long gillnet over their fiberglass boat, untangling and sorting dozens of salmon as an orange sun rises. Will Zack and two helpers tend nine nets on the both sides of the Columbia River upstream from Cascade Locks. Early morning pulls are best, hauling in some 50 fish in 30 minutes. Zack and his crew speed to a landing at Read More…