Tuna, on its way to becoming luxurious food

FISBy Analia MuriasJuly 17, 2012In the not too distant future, tuna catches will be reduced significantly and its products will become more expensive, for a minority, forecasts the general secretary of the National Association of Canned Fish and Shellfish Manufacturers (Anfaco-Cecopesca) Juan Manuel Vieites.According to the official, from 2007 to date, tuna catches have stabilized at about 4.2 Read More…

Salmon season opens with a flotilla and a 16-pounder

The Modesto BeeBy Jing Cao July 17, 2012Sharon Olson had Lady Luck on her side Monday as she snagged probably the first salmon of the season at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers.Olson, who drove from Roseville to Discovery Park with her husband, said the parking lot closest to the dock was already filled at 6:30 a.m. She said she and her husband floated out around 7:15 a.m. Read More…

Fish confirmed above Condit Dam

The ColumbianBy Eric FloripJuly 17, 2012Wildlife officials this week confirmed migrating fish in the upper White Salmon River — a sight not seen in almost a century, since a hydroelectric dam first blocked the waterway in 1913.Scientists with the Yakama Nation Fisheries program and the U.S. Geological Survey spotted jumping fish, likely adult steelhead, at both Husum Falls and BZ Falls. Both Read More…

Proposal to ban gillnet fishing on Columbia River makes Ore. ballot

The RepublicJuly 17, 2012The Oregon secretary of state's office says a proposal to ban the use of nontribal commercial gillnets in the Columbia River has qualified for the Nov. 6 state ballot.The Oregonian reports that Initiative Petition 21 has qualified. Supporters say the gillnets used by commercial fishermen are outdated and harm protected fish in the Columbia. Opponents say approval of the Read More…

Sockeye salmon return to Lake Cle Elum after 100 years

Daily RecordBy Justin PittmanJuly 16, 2012One hundred years is a long time to be away from home. That’s how long it has been since sockeye salmon last migrated to their historical home in the Yakima River’s headwaters.Now a Yakama Nation program aims to restore the historical sockeye run in the Yakima Basin by trapping fish at Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River near Mattawa and trucking Read More…

Members of Congress want more analysis of Bay Delta Conservation Plan

CVBTJuly 16, 2012A more thorough and statewide cost-benefit analysis is needed before the state and federal governments sign off on the controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its massive water tunnels, says a group of California members of Congress.In a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank; California Gov. Jerry Brown; and California Natural Read More…

Salmon didn’t budge after experiment on Butte Creek

Chico ERBy Heather HackingJuly 13, 2012 A few dozen salmon parked low in the waters of Butte Creek didn't budge last week when offered a pulse of water from higher upstream. The fish will probably die before spawning, but an attempt was made last week to move them along by sending a pulse of extra water July 5 and 6. The experiment took place from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., when fish tend to migrate. Read More…

Tagged Spring Chinook Being Tracked In Upper Deschutes Rivers; First…

Columbia Basin BulletinJuly 13, 2012 A total of 15 spring chinook have been trapped this year and transported around the Pelton Round Butte hydro project for release into Lake Billy Chinook to become the first of the species to ply the central Oregon waters of the Crooked, Metolius and upper Deschutes rivers in 50 years. On Wednesday, they were joined by the first sockeye to knock on the door Read More…

Crews chip away at Condit Dam

The ColumbianBy Eric FloripJuly 11, 2012 The numbers are impressive: 500 cubic yards of concrete hauled out each day. Six days per week. Workers at it 12 hours a day. As the dismantling of Condit Dam continues, piece by piece, crews have picked up speed since the removal process began in earnest earlier this year. They'll have to keep it up if they hope to have it gone by an Aug. 31 target Read More…

Two West Coast Fish Stocks Overfished, 171 Harvested At Sustainable…

Columbia Basin BulletinJuly 13, 2012 According to a feature article posted by NOAA Fisheries on its Northwest Fisheries Science Center web site, only two of the 173 West Coast fish stocks -- Pacific bigeye tuna and Pacific bluefin tuna -- are now subject to overfishing, meaning that 171 stocks currently are harvested at a sustainable rate. However, five stocks are classified as overfished, Read More…