Survival of the shyest? Study identifies how personality influences…

PhysOrgOctober 22, 2012A fish's personality can influence how it responds to, and learns from threats, according to a new study by Professor Grant Brown from Concordia University in Canada and his colleagues. Their work, looking at how personality influences a fish's memory of a predator threat, shows that bold trout forget predator odor, and hence potentially predator threat, quicker than shy Read More…

USDA drought relief reaches 1 million acres of farmland

Western Farm PressOctober 25, 2012The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to help producers rebound from drought have touched more than one million acres of farmland across the country as nearly 2,000 producers took advantage of conservation funding targeted to drought-stricken areas by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS made more than $27 million available to Read More…

Arkema, one of Portland Harbor Superfund’s dirtiest sites, launches…

The OregonianBy Scott LearnOctober 23, 2012It's been a long time coming, but work is finally under way to contain pollution from one of Portland harbor's dirtiest sites, the former home of a DDT and rocket-fuel maker that's loaded with the full suite of harbor toxics. The heavy-duty construction at Arkema, which covers 54 acres along the west side of the Willamette River, is designed to keep Read More…

Pacific Ocean hacker speaks out

Scientific AmericanBy David BielloOctober 24, 2012This past July Russ George served as chief scientist on a cruise to fertilize the northeastern Pacific Ocean with iron—the latest in a long string of similar, and usually controversial, efforts he has led. He has been attempting to commercialize such ocean fertilization efforts for years, including setting up the failed company Planktos. In Read More…

US collaborates in fish conservation project

FISBy Natalia RealOctober 23, 2012A new joint five-year project by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will help protect and manage Philippine coastal and marine resources. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J Alcala said the Department of Agriculture (DA) is proposing a PHP 4.6 billion (USD 111 million) budget for the fishery Read More…

Scientists offer tips for Alaska king salmon study

The San Francisco ChronicleBy Dan JolingOctober 23, 2012State researchers looking for answers to Alaska's diminishing king salmon returns were urged Tuesday to take a look at the critical days after smolt leave fresh water and to closely examine how humans may affect salmon in marine waters."The two leading hypotheses for things that might cause declines of chinook salmon in the ocean are climate Read More…

More protection for Chinook salmon under consideration

The Cordova TimesBy Margaret BaumanOctober 22, 2012Federal fisheries managers aiming to reduce prohibited species catch in Gulf of Alaska fisheries will consider at their December meeting in Anchorage steps to extend limits on Chinook salmon bycatch in non-pollock groundfish fisheries.The concern comes on the heels of the June meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Kodiak, Read More…

The most incredible great white shark encounter? You be the judge

Grind TVBy Pete ThomasOctober 22, 2012When one of Daniel Botelho's images last appeared on this website it was a spectacular depiction of a giant mola mola, captured while searching for blue whales off San Diego. More recently the photographer traveled to a remote island off Mexico to photograph great white sharks without cage protection, and returned with a series of captivating images he hopes Read More…

New $49M Columbia River hatchery to bring Chinook salmon back to…

The RepublicBy K.C. MehaffeyOctober 24, 2012The first salmon hatchery on the Columbia River designed with the latest scientific recommendations on how to avoid weakening the naturally spawning populations is 80 percent complete and will begin producing fish in the spring.Promised to American Indian tribes decades ago, the Chief Joseph Hatchery is located directly across the river from Chief Read More…

Fish and Wildlife project to put wild salmon in hatcheries pulls in…

KNDO NewsBy Jane SanderOctober 23, 2012An update on the Department of Fish and Wildlife's pilot project to catch wild salmon to put into hatcheries.The project asked fishermen to catch wild salmon on the Columbia River and give them to the program for transportation to the hatchery. Organizers were hoping to help diversify the gene pool for healthier fish. They hoped to gather 400 fish, but they Read More…