We’re eating through the oceans’ iron: scientists

CosmosBy Bas den HondDecember 6, 2012Iron is a crucial component for the oceans’ marine life and for carbon storage – but its removal through fishing isn’t being tracked, researchers said at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.Landing hundreds of millions of megatons of fish for consumption means taking large amounts of iron out of the water, but this isn’t tracked by Read More…

Arctic climate change’s un-glacial pace

The San Fransisco ChronicleBy David PerlmanDecember 5, 2012The Arctic's sea ice is shrinking, Greenland's ice cover is melting faster, areas of once-frozen tundra in Alaska are alive with plant growth, and wildfires during Southern summer heat waves are carrying soot to darken northern snowfields and speed the melting.And a year-end report from more than 140 scientists around the world concludes Read More…

Working for Idaho’s extinct coho salmon

Northwest Public RadioBy Aaron KunzDecember 7, 2011The Northwest’s declining salmon runs have spurred marathon legal battles and inspired billions in spending to save the iconic species.But Idaho’s coho salmon were never listed as endangered before they went extinct in 1987. Very few people noticed when the fish were gone. But the Nez Perce Indian tribe noticed. And thanks to its Read More…

Oregon commission to vote on gillnet ban

The Seattle TimesBy Johnathan J. CooperDecember 7, 2012The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposal to ban commercial fishing with gillnets on the main stem of the lower Columbia River.The commission will hear public testimony before voting on Friday in Portland. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to vote next week on the same plan. The Read More…

Judge OKs Delta reservoirs project

The Stockton RecordBy Alex BreitlerDecember 6, 2012A quarter-century-old plan to convert two Delta islands into reservoirs can move forward, a judge has ruled.But the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted this week to appeal that decision. The Delta Wetlands Project would flood Bacon Island and Webb Tract while converting two more islands into wildlife habitat.In wet years, water kept on Read More…

Columbia River upriver spring and upper summer chinook forecasts…

The Seattle TimesBy Mark YuasaDecember 6, 2012The Columbia River spring and summer chinook forecasts were released Thursday, and it looks to be an average return although nailing down what will actually happen is like finding a needle in a haystack.The upriver spring chinook forecast is 141,400 compared to a forecast of 314,200 and an actual return of 203,100. Upriver spring chinook are destined Read More…

In search of a good dam on the Mekong

Asian ScientistBy Prime SarmientoDecember 4, 2012Plans to harness hydropower potential in the Lower Mekong Basin for the first time has led to a search for a good dam.This is the issue that some 200 scientists, development experts, policy makers, and representatives from the hydropower sector wanted to resolve when they participated in last month’s Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy held in Read More…

New study shows probiotics help fish grow up faster and healthier

Science BlogDecember 4, 2012Probiotics like those found in yogurt are not only good for people–they are also good for fish. A new study by scientists at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology found that feeding probiotics to baby zebrafish accelerated their development and increased their chances of survival into adulthood. This research could help increase the success of raising Read More…

Water supply: Delta canal fact sheet published

The Press-EnterpriseBy Janet ZimmermanDecember 4, 2012 Water issues are frequently controversial, but perhaps none more so than a renewed effort to build a canal around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which is where Southern California gets much of its water. The first time around, in 1982, it was known as the peripheral canal. It was a way to bypass Delta channels and carry water more Read More…

Project to recharge aquifers with Columbia River water

OPBDecember 3, 2012The lack of water for both farmers and fish is a problem that’s plagued the arid West for years.Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to try a possible solution in the Umatilla Basin, where water would be withdrawn from the Columbia River during the winter and store it underground so it’s there to meet irrigation need months later. The proposal was highlighted Monday at the Read More…