A chance for more Friant-Kern water

Visalia Times-Delta After months of bad news about their water supply for the year, farmers and communities that get water from the Friant-Kern Canal may finally have some good news. There is a chance that some of their drastically-cut water allotments for the spring and summer may be restored, but that will depend on whether the current flow of the San Joaquin into the Millerton Lake continues Read More…

Statewide survey maps sport fish contamination in California rivers…

Lake County News Concentrations of contaminants such as methylmercury and pesticides in sport fish were found to be low at the majority of locations sampled in the first-ever systematic statewide survey of California rivers and streams. The fish survey, conducted by the State Water Resources Control Board’s Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP), surveyed sport fish from 63 Read More…

Omega 3, 6 and 9 extracted from microalgae

FIS A team of researchers from various scientific institutions in the country managed to get omega 3, 6 and 9 oil from two species of microalgae for use in the fields of cosmetics and food. This consortium was joined by scientists from Iberdrola Engineering and Construction, of Algae Biotech, of Instituto de la Grasa of the National Investigation Council, Science and Research (CSIC) and of Read More…

California aims to reduce ocean’s trash islands

USA Today Each year cleanup crews throughout the U.S. collect millions of pounds of plastic trash from beaches and coastal waterways, with the biggest numbers coming from California's 1,100-mile coastline. Once in the ocean, plastic takes ages to decompose. The manmade junk either collects into floating trash islands called "garbage patches," or it breaks into smaller pieces that harm and kill Read More…

Chinook salmon study breaks ground in bay, Delta

San Mateo County Times On a sunny morning in the state capital, Mike McHenry, a fisherman out of Pillar Point Harbor in San Mateo County, guided his boat to a dock on the Sacramento River and readied its 10,000-gallon hold for some special cargo. Once the captain had filled the tank with river water, a team of state Fish and Wildlife biologists and technicians aimed a 100-foot tube into the Read More…

Big Chico Creek Iron Canyon fish ladder rehab goes on hold

Chico Enterprise Record Rehabilitation of the Iron Canyon fish ladder to help spring-run salmon and steelhead in Big Chico Creek has been postponed for at least another year, city officials said last week. While advocates had hoped the long-planned project could break ground next month, funding shortages and a shrinking construction window have pushed the project into 2014, said Dan Efseaff, Read More…

Second chance for rare turtles

Bangkok Post One hundred rare turtle hatchlings have been released into the Mekong River in Cambodia as part of conservation efforts, after receiving a traditional Buddhist blessing from monks. Listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List and found mainly in Southeast Asia, the critically endangered Cantor's giant soft-shelled turtle was believed to Read More…

Mekong mystery: Dwindling fish

The New York TimesAs we traveled down the Mekong River, I kept hearing variations of the same story: “There are fewer fish.”Our guide in the Four Thousand Island region of Laos relayed that fishermen now work longer hours and catch fewer fish. At a fishing camp just below Khone Falls, at the border of Laos and Cambodia, a boat captain described how in his youth (three decades ago) they would Read More…

New technology to boost sustainable fisheries research

VoxyDeep sea technology that will provide some of the world’s most accurate and useful marine sustainability research is being launched today.In a world-first, New Zealand fishing company Sealord has invested more than $750,000 in a new multi-frequency Acoustic Optical System (AOS).At an event on-board Thomas Harrison, prior to the vessel taking the new equipment on its first sea-trial, Read More…

Salmon genome to be sequenced this winter

Barents ObserverThe first salmon genome — of a female fish named Sally — will be fully sequenced by the end of 2013 and researchers from around the world are already exploring ways to use this reference genome to address challenges in salmon farming and production."The expectations are that this will make aquaculture better, more directed and more sustainable," explains Steinar Bergseth, Read More…