More evidence needed to back aquaculture’s value

The Fish Site – So concluded participants at the recent Global Workshop on Nutrition-sensitive Fish Agri-food Systems. The event saw 150 participants from 20 countries discussing a need to shift from fish production approaches to fish agri-food systems that are more geared to nutrition-sensitive outcomes. Participants at the workshop, including representatives of governments, UN Read More…

‘A Lot More Work To Do’ To Recover Snake River Chinook, Steelhead

KUOW – One of Idaho's struggling salmon species could eventually become self-sustaining in the wild under the federal government's new recovery strategies. The two new recovery plans are meant to help three species of Snake River Basin fish that are considered to be threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act. While they point to a number of  ways to improve conditions Read More…

Escaped Atlantic salmon found 42 miles up Skagit River

Seattle Times – Strong, silvery and feisty, the Atlantic salmon hit the boat deck, thrashing and thumping. It was the sixth one the Upper Skagit Indian fishing crew caught that day. More than three months after a massive escape of Atlantic salmon from Cooke Aquaculture’s net pen at Cypress Island, Atlantics are still turning up very much alive in the Skagit River, one of Washington’s Read More…

Salmon fishing restrictions may get ‘severe’

King 5 – A salmon fishing agreement between the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and tribal co-managers is fueling continued angst by many recreational fishermen who fear it will force severe closures. The Comprehensive Management Plan for Puget Sound Chinook was recently released after a long secret court mediation process. If approved, it could place severe restrictions Read More…

Environmental Document Released for Fish Passage and Flow…

Sierra Sun Times – The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have prepared a joint Initial Study and Environmental Assessment for the Eastside Bypass Improvements Project. The proposed project, part of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, has the primary purpose of facilitating fish migration and increasing Restoration Flow capacity in the Eastside Read More…

Willamette spring forecast is up; will it last?

The Oregonian – The 2018 Willamette River spring chinook run is forecast to return substantially higher than the 2017 forecast, but not many more than actually showed up this past year. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists completed crunching figures Tuesday and predict 55,950 adults and jacks (53,820 adults) will return to the Willamette system. The figure includes 4,490 Read More…

Pacific ocean perch adds to West Coast groundfish rebuilding success

NOAA News – NOAA Fisheries has declared Pacific ocean perch rebuilt, making this the third groundfish stock to rebuild this year, following the rebuilding of bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish. The rebound of the three groundfish species well ahead of schedule reflects sound science and management and strong partnerships among NOAA Fisheries, the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the Read More…

Thailand hides big numbers when it comes to its fish catches in…

Phys Org – Fish catches by Thailand's distant-water fleet fishing throughout the Indo-Pacific are almost seven times higher than what the country reports to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, a new study by the Sea Around Us reveals. In 2014 alone, the Asian country caught 3.7 million tonnes of fish outside its Exclusive Economic Zone but reported only 247,000 Read More…

Prepare yourself. The world’s air conditioner is breaking down

KPCC – The Arctic is a huge, icy cap on the planet that acts like a global air conditioner. But the air conditioner is breaking down, according to scientists who issued a grim "report card" on the Arctic today. They say the North Pole continues to warm at an alarming pace — twice the rate as the rest of the planet, on average. This year was the Arctic's second-warmest in at least 1,500 Read More…

Sea Level Rise May Swamp Many Coastal U.S. Sewage Plants

EOS – Raw sewage gets people’s attention, but sea level rise, with its distant time horizons, not so much. What if I told you that sea level rise could cripple wastewater treatment plants in many coastal cities and send untreated sewage into nearby rivers and seas? Are you listening now? According to a new assessment of U.S. sewage treatment plants, the next 1 foot (0.3 meter) of sea Read More…