Earn cash for catching predatory pikeminnow in Columbia River’s…

The Seattle Times – The Columbia River Northern Pikeminnow Bounty Fishing Reward Program gets underway May 1, and while funding looked limited early on, it now appears there will be enough to allow for a harvest level similar to last season. “Following the 2016 season, as we began planning for the 2017 season, the default 2017 reward fund amount remained about the same (a roughly Read More…

Sardine fishing could be banned for 3rd year in a row

The San Francisco Chronicle – The once-thriving sardine population — made famous in John Steinbeck’s novel “Cannery Row” — has taken a nosedive along the West Coast, where regulators are considering a ban on reeling in the tiny bait fish for a third year in a row. Sardine numbers have plummeted 95 percent since 2006, according to estimates released Friday by the National Marine Read More…

From Reef Bank to Fish Tank: How the Aquarium Trade Can Impact Coral…

The Fisheries Blog – Imagine the gentle sway of colorful corals, fishes of different hues and shapes flitting in and out of view, and an inquisitive shrimp peering out at you from the underside of the entrance to its cavern. This polychromatic image could be experienced on a tropical reef thousands of miles away…or from your favorite armchair. Captivating millions, the popularity of the Read More…

Federal Agency Must Revisit Listing for Blueback Herring

U.S. News & World Report – A federal judge has ordered the National Marine Fisheries Service to revisit a decision not to list the blueback herring as a threatened species. In a ruling Saturday, a District of Columbia judge said officials failed to offer a rational connection between the facts and two essential conclusions, and also failed to consider other aspects of the Read More…

Expert calculates half a billion for full Oroville reconstruction

ABC 10 – A recent report from an independent board of consultants on the Oroville emergency recovery, released this week to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), concluded that "A very significant risk would be incurred if the Gated Spillway is not operational by November 1." But it also placed little faith in the possibility that it can be done, acknowledging that "This is Read More…

Vallejo reservoir could provide recreation, water for Napa County

Napa Valley Register – Napa County is near to a historic Vallejo water empire of small reservoirs that just might play a role in the county’s water and recreation future. Neighboring Solano County is in the preliminary phase of exploring whether to lease and manage Vallejo’s Lake Frey, Lake Madigan and Lake Curry reservoirs in the hills along the Napa-Solano boundary. Whether Napa Read More…

How Leaky is Your Water Utility? Soon Californians Will Know

News Deeply – California's drought has required water consumers to adopt a wide range of water efficiency practices, from taking shorter showers to installing water-sipping appliances. But what have water utilities been required to do? It’s long been known that water distribution systems have leaks, and most utilities work to correct those leaks aggressively, because they also represent Read More…

East Bay: Threatened fish get truckin’ with a lift to spawning…

East Bay Times – Larger than usual numbers of threatened steelhead trout swam from the ocean into Alameda Creek after heavy rains this year — and ran into the same concrete barriers that have blocked their migration for decades. On Wednesday, the fish got a lift in a decades long campaign to bring back the steelhead, an iconic seagoing trout, to the Bay Area’s largest Read More…

Oregon FW Commission Moves Closer To Washington State With Harvest,…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – At the urging of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for the second time in two months changed Oregon harvest reform rules at its March 17 meeting in Corvallis, bringing the rules closer to those adopted by the Washington Commission in January. The two-state harvest reform rules initially called for the removal of all commercial Read More…

Shrinking Salton Sea threatens wildlife

Record Searchlight – Over the years, many of the birds that visit Shasta County have found a migratory fuel stop in the richness of the Salton Sea, a short hour’s drive from Palm Springs. The flood that re-created it must have been of almost Biblical proportions.  In 1905-07, canal levees were breached, sending the entire flow of the Colorado River into a vast basin – the bed of the Read More…