Sacramento levees’ failure of federal standards declared

The Sacramento BeeBy Matt WeiserAugust 23, 2012Levees protecting most of the city of Sacramento and 15 other areas of the Central Valley were declared today to have failed federal maintenance criteria. As a result, they are no longer eligible for federal rebuilding funds in the event of a levee breach.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the declaration today. It did so after concluding that a Read More…

Dam projects threaten Mekong biodiversity

Australia Network NewsAugust 22, 2012The report, a major survey of biodiversity in Indo-Burma carried out by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, found that while the Mekong River is still relatively healthy, construction of the Xayaburi and other dams could have drastic consequences.Head of Southeast Asia Group for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Robert Mather, Read More…

MSC-certified fish stocks less likely to be harmfully exploited

FISBy Natalia RealAugust 22, 2012A new study analyses the performance of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified fish stocks for the first time. The study found that MSC-certified seafood is three to five times less likely to be subject to harmful fishing than uncertified seafood. The MSC ecolabel currently appears on over 15,000 products worldwide. Scientists compared status and abundance Read More…

Ocean life facing major shock

Science AlertAugust 22, 2012Life in the world’s oceans faces far greater change and risk of large-scale extinctions than at any previous time in human history, a team of the world’s leading marine scientists has warned.The researchers from Australia, the US, Canada, Germany, Panama, Norway and the UK have compared events which drove massive extinctions of sea life in the past with what is Read More…

Record radiation found in fish near Fukushima plant

CNNAugust 21, 2012Radioactive cesium measuring 258 times the amount that Japan's government deems safe for consumption has been found in fish near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported Tuesday.The Tokyo Electric Power Co. found 25,800 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in two greenlings in the sea within 20 kilometers of the plant on Read More…

Abundance of mackerel in Icelandic waters

World Fishing & AquacultureAugust 21, 2012According to research by the MRI, the quantity of mackerel in Icelandic waters is similar to that of the past few years.The Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture says that the outcome is very positive for Iceland, as it shows that the amount of mackerel within Icelandic jurisdiction has not decreased and has remained plentiful. The Read More…

Record Klamath salmon returns mean a good season for local fishermen

The Times-StandardBy Kaci PoorAugust 23, 2012Sherry Klassen and her husband Tim Klassen, the captain of Reel Steel Fishing Charters, have lived in Humboldt County their whole lives. Both say they have never seen such an incredible fishing season.”The salmon runs have been phenomenal this year,” Sherry Klassen said. “We have never witnessed a season like this before. Everyone is talking Read More…

Dam removal results in record spring-run chinook on Battle Creek

The Record SearchlightBy Damon ArthurAugust 22, 2012Fisheries officials said they have not seen any effect on salmon in Battle Creek spawning downstream of the Ponderosa Fire.A record number of spring-run Chinook Salmon swam up Battle Creek this year and one of the largest runs of fall-run salmon in many years is making its way up the Sacramento River toward the creek now. So far, fisheries Read More…

FEMA to assess threat to delta fish

San Francisco ChronicleBy Nate SeltenrichAugust 22, 2012Add the federal government's flood insurance program to environmentalists' list of villains when it comes to safeguarding threatened fish populations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.The Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood insurance program encourages development in the floodplain, eliminating valuable habitat and affecting Read More…

Protected sea lions gorge on threatened salmon

NatureBy Jessica MarshallAugust 22, 2012What do you do when a charismatic marine mammal is wreaking havoc by gorging on a threatened species that humans also find delicious? That’s the awkward problem faced by wildlife managers along the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon states, where sea lions have been congregating for the past decade to feast on salmon waiting to climb the fish ladders Read More…