Endangered salmon, trout now protected in California river

FISNovember 27, 2012The newly protected 520 ac completing the South Fork Eel River Wilderness are perched near the summit of Red Mountain. The Red Mountain and Cedar Creek drainages dominate the South Fork Eel Wilderness and are tributaries to the South Fork Eel Wild and Scenic River. The South Fork forms the main tributary to the Eel River, which supports spawning grounds for threatened and Read More…

Fish farms’ salmon waste could help cultivate shellfish, kelp

FISBy Natalia RealNovember 27, 2012Norway’s aquaculture industry may be highly successful, but its dark side hides rampant coastal water pollution via waste from salmon production. Researchers say this waste is a valuable resource that should be used for new biological production, according to the Research Council of Norway.In 2009, nearly 1.2 million tonnes of feed went to raise over 1 million Read More…

Limits on lower Columbia commercial fishing proposed

The Spokesman ReviewBy Rich LandersNovember 27, 2012A proposed plan to restructure salmon and sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River is available for review on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website.The recommendations, posted today, were developed by a work group of representatives from Washington and Oregon assembled in September at the request of Oregon Gov. John Read More…

Endangered coho salmon make early return to Marin creeks

Marin Independent JournalBy Mark PradoNovember 26, 20112Salmon Protection and Watershed Network's Melinda Barnes peered into a tributary of Lagunitas Creek at the Leo T. Cronin Fish Viewing Area near Lagunitas on Monday and pointed out an early arrival."There is a coho resting over her redd (egg nest)," said Barnes, a watershed technician with the Forest Knolls-based SPAWN. "She will sit there Read More…

Special sensors allow fish to dart away from potential theats at the…

The Washington PostBy Brian PalmerNovember 27, 2012Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to touch a fish in the water? Maybe you’ve stood on the beach with a school of fish swimming around you and attempted to grab one. Or perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to go snorkeling in a place such as Hawaii’s partially submerged Molikini crater, so densely packed with marine life that you feel Read More…

New technology could revive oceanic dead zones

Green Building ElementsBy GwinstonNovember 26, 2012In areas of oceans and lakes where aquatic life once thrived, scientists are now finding “dead zones” – low-oxygen areas choked with algal blooms.Most of the world eats fish a dietary staple. As dead zones grow larger, the demand for fish will increase and the supply available to those who need it most will diminish more and more over time. Read More…

Pacific nations prepare to fight distant fishing nations at WCPFC…

FISBy Natalia RealNovember 26, 2012Pacific nations say their priorities include protecting sharks and that mainly they want other countries who fish in their waters to take responsibility and help preserve marine species. The statements were expressed this week ahead of the upcoming annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in Manila from 2-6 December.This Read More…

Record number of salmon return to Russian River

The Press DemocratBy Bob NorbergNovember 22, 2012A record number of Chinook and Coho salmon are moving up the Russian River to spawn, an indication of rich ocean conditions necessary for those fish to survive, fisheries biologists said.It may also be an indication that the millions of dollars being spent on habitat restoration to keep those fish from extinction may also be working. There have Read More…

Salmon still not receiving promised water

The San Francisco ChronicleBy Victor GonellaNovember 21, 2012October marked 20 years since the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, a water project aimed at restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, went into effect. After many years of damage caused by water diversions from the delta, Congress acted to fix some obvious problems. Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, and former U.S. Sen. Read More…

Salmon: The uphill run for survival

CrosscutBy Martha BaskinNovember 21, 2012Wild salmon runs have been in steep decline in the Pacific Northwest for decades. Restoring runs to historic levels involves substantial economic costs and navigating a labyrinth of competing societal priorities and entrenched policy stances. The Stillaguamish Tribe and Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission say there’s no time to wait. If we don’t act, Read More…