Sacrificial squid has unique way of deterring predators

MongabayBy Erica SantanaSeptember 4, 2012Octopoteuthis deletron—this deep-dwelling, unassuming little squid may appear plain and boring, but when threatened, it has a peculiar way of defending itself. This foot-long invertebrate behaves a bit differently than most of its close cousins: it drops its arms. Most cephalopods, which include the world’s squids and octopi, have a muscular bag Read More…

Overfishing has hurt the Gulf’s economy

Huston ChronicleSeptember 4, 2012Decades of overfishing in the Gulf of Mexico have stripped the five-state region of tens of millions of dollars in economic activity in recent years, according to a report released Tuesday.The study by Ecotrust, a Portland, Ore.-based conservation group, found that Gulf states, including Texas, lost $13 million annually between 2005 and 2009 because of fewer Read More…

Feds unveil plan to save endangered coho salmon

Mercury NewsSeptember 6, 2012Federal fisheries managers on Wednesday proposed an ambitious new plan to save an endangered population of coho salmon on California's central coast.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration unveiled its far-reaching restoration plan at a meeting on Wednesday, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported. The species was once found abundantly in streams from San Read More…

Columbia River salmon and steelhead run-size updates

The Seattle TimesBy Mark YuasaSeptember 6, 2012Fall chinookThrough Wednesday, Sept. 5, there were 130,323 adult fall chinook counted at Bonneville Dam. The cumulative and daily chinook counts to date are below average for this time of year.Counts include 104,854 bright stock fish (URB and MCB groups) and 23,347 adult tules (primarily from Spring Creek Hatchery).The Technical Advisory Committee Read More…

Parasite blamed for killing fish in Snake River

The Sacramento BeeSeptember 6, 2012Biologists blame a parasite for killing dozens of fish in the Snake River and some of its tributaries in eastern Idaho.The dead fish are mountain whitefish. Idaho Fish and Game spokesman Gregg Losinski says the parasite so far hasn't turned up in other fish species, such as cutthroat trout. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the parasite is associated Read More…

Fish die-offs show the Salton Sea’s imbalance

Imperial Valley PressBy Antoine Abou-DiwanSeptember 6, 2012Linda Lemus of North Shore remembers a time when the Salton Sea was booming.“In the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s — it was a resort,” she said. “People came from Los Angeles and San Francisco. But look at it now.” Indeed, few things on the North Shore indicate Salton Sea’s ritzy past. There is a dock behind the recreation center. A Read More…

Tribes oppose Oregon measure to ban gillnetting

Northwest Public RadioSeptember 6, 2012Columbia River Indian tribes are opposing Oregon Ballot Measure 81, which would ban fishing with gillnets in the state. The four tribes, which include the Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Nez Perce, are the latest group to oppose the ban.The measure does little to rebuild salmon populations, said Kathryn Brigham, chairwoman of the Columbia River Read More…

Restoring salmon spawning on Clear Creek

KHSLTVBy Colin LygrenSeptember 5, 2012It has been almost 50 years since Whiskeytown Dam was built, forming a beautiful lake and valuable reservoir. But, there is one thing that was not realized at the time, the devastating effect the dam would have on salmon and steelhead spawning grounds, just downstream.But there is a continuing program to restore than habitat. Prior to 1995, salmon runs on Read More…

Updated lower Columbia River hatchery genetic management plans…

WDFW NewsBy Heather BartlettSeptember 5, 2012The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept public comments through Oct. 5 on updated draft management plans that will be used by the agency to operate several hatchery programs in the lower Columbia River.Of the 17 draft plans, known as Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMP), 15 are for artificial production programs for Read More…

San Joaquin restoration will create 11,000 jobs

The Fresno BeeBy Mark GrossiSeptember 4, 2012The restoration of the San Joaquin River will create 11,000 Valley jobs -- mostly short-term jobs in construction, says a new study from the University of California at Merced.Economist Shawn Kantor's analysis, released today by the Fresno Regional Foundation, also said there would be about 475 more permanent jobs related to recreation at the Read More…