Scientists to test underwater mats to smother Asian clams in Lake…

The Sacramento BeeBy Anne GonzalesOctober 17, 2012Scientists are declaring war on Asian clams in Lake Tahoe, where the little mollusk is causing big problems for the iconic tourist destination.In what's possibly the largest Asian clam control project in the nation, divers will place thin rubber mats on about 5 acres of infested lake floor at the mouth of Emerald Bay, in an effort to smother the Read More…

Protecting wild salmon, steelhead from hatchery fish

The OregonianBy Michael Moody October 17, 2012Do you recall visiting a fish hatchery as a child? Industrial-size pools of swarming clouds of fish. Chaotic feeding frenzies. Like you, I left in wonderment. No longer. That childhood recollection is replaced with reality. That reality is the now irrefutable proof that hatcheries cause harm to wild fish. Mainstream biology now treats the presence of Read More…

Chinook back big time on the Snake

Union BulletinBy Ken GrahamOctober 16, 2012Anglers line up along the wall at Little Goose Dam, waiting for a bite. Downstream on the Snake River -- at the Texas Rapids campground and Lyons Ferry marina and campground -- fishermen get up early to launch their boats as the sun rises. Others fish from shore.For the second year in a row, fall Chinook salmon fishing is open on the Snake and the area Read More…

Sea lions at Bonneville Dam kill estimated 2,500 sturgeon

Boise State Public RadioBy Amellia TempletonOctober 16, 2012Biologists say the sea lions that scoop up fish at the foot of Bonneville dam on the Columbia river have killed more sturgeon this year than salmon.Two different species of sea lions like to feast at Bonneville.  California sea lions only eat salmon.  But Stellar sea lions arrive earlier in the year. While they wait for the spring Read More…

Warring parties agree on some levee, habitat fixes in Sacramento-San…

The Sacramento BeeBy Matt WeiserOctober 16, 2012They have fought over the sensitive Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for years. Now Delta residents and those who demand its water have managed to agree on $1 billion in short-term projects to help the estuary.The Coalition to Support Near Term Delta Projects has met quietly for six months. Its three dozen members cover the range of animosity and Read More…

Sandy River Hatchery wins federal approval; conservation groups oppose

The OregonianBy Quinton SmithOctober 16, 2012A federal agency has approved an operating plan for Oregon's controversial Sandy Hatchery while promising to review its decision if too many hatchery-raised salmon stray into wild fish spawning grounds. Two fish conservation groups – the Native Fish Society and the Pacific Rivers Council – say they will look at legal options to stop the hatchery's Read More…

DFG and partners use aircraft and submersible camera to count Pacific…

CDFG NewsOctober 15, 2012Department of Fish and Game (DFG) pilots and biologists, along with partners, used new technological tools above and below the water to study the sardine fishery.DFG, in partnership with the California Wetfish Producers Association, flew over Southern California waters in DFG’s Partenavia P68 Observer aircraft to complete surveys for Pacific sardine in coastal waters. Read More…

Steller sea lions pick up their take below Bonneville Dam

The Oregonian By Quinton SmithOctober 15, 2012For the first time since the government started tracking, sea lions below Bonneville Dam this year killed more sturgeon than salmon. A new report by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers biologists said from January to June the California and Steller sea lions killed 2,498 sturgeon and 2,360 salmon at the dam. The estimated number of salmon killed -- the Read More…

Researchers think salmon recovery must weigh “native” invader…

The Columbia Basin BulletinOctober 12, 2012So-called “invasive” or “nonnative” species – plants and animals that cause disruptions in the natural way of things when introduced to a new environment - have policy makers and scientists struggling for answers.And so do “native invaders,” a term that includes such creatures as northern pikeminnow, Caspian tern and even species of trout Read More…

Fish poop may play critical role in oceans’ carbon cycle

RedOrbitBy Alan McStravickOctober 11, 2012Professor Deborah Steinberg of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has dedicated her professional life to investigating crustaceans and their role in the “biological pump,” which is the process by which marine life transports carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and ocean’s surface to the deep sea. This cycle removes the carbon to a depth Read More…