South Fork Flathead Westslope Cutthroat Project Receives Award Of…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – Those involved with the nation’s largest, long-term conservation project aimed at restoring native trout recently received an Award of Excellence from Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Bullock presented the award to the Region One fisheries crew “for their dedicated efforts in protecting our state fish,” the westslope cutthroat trout. The crew carried out Read More…

Electrofishing used to monitor Central Oregon fisheries

KTVZ News – Electrofishing is not your typical rod-and-reel type of fishing. It's a way for conservationists to study fish in waterways across Central Oregon. On Tuesday, Portland General Electric workers were on a stretch of the Ochoco Creek in Prineville, stunning fish with an electric current, so they could pull them out and count them. The electric current allows for the Read More…

Developing Tiered Environmental Flow Criteria Using a Functional…

Maven's Notebook – Establishing environmental flow targets to protect aquatic communities is a priority for numerous programs in California including in the Delta. In this first of three brown bag seminars focusing on flow targets and ecology, Dr. Yarnell discusses her recent work using a functional-flows approach to develop statewide environmental flow recommendations. The approach allows Read More…

State’s Own Evidence Shows Tunnels Project Will Harm Fish

News Deeply – As a child growing up in East Bay, Jeff Miller loved seeing salmon in Lagunitas Creek when he visited Point Reyes. “I was inspired to restore migratory fish in the Bay Area,” he recalled. Miller ultimately chose Alameda Creek, which is the biggest local tributary to the San Francisco Bay and once had both salmon and steelhead trout. Collectively known as salmonids, Read More…

ODFW: Surging sea lion population a major threat to Willamette…

KPTV – The Willamette River's native run of winter steelhead is in dire straits and near the brink of extinction, according to a report by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. This summer, the agency released a report that included four years of data showing a steep decline in the river's steelhead run, which had only 512 native fish return this year, down from more than 15,000 in Read More…

Sturgeon Surgeons

Estuary News – Studies of contaminants in sport sh have unearthed some interesting things about white sturgeon: First that selenium keeps turning up in speci- mens from the North Bay, and second that testing for the element may not have to be a necessarily fatal process. Sturgeon rst appeared on Earth over 175 million years ago and their prehistoric appearance is a testament to their Read More…

Fish return to troubled stretch of Fraser River

9 News – It's a success story in river restoration. Fraser Flats, a nearly-mile-long section of Fraser River in Grand County, is showing signs of recovery following a restoration project, according to Denver Water. The $200,000 river restoration project was completed in September with the goal of helping aquatic life stay healthy throughout the year. The early results from a fish Read More…

Restoration project fights back against invasive plant along Salmon…

The News Tribune – An invasive plant is threatening salmon habitat and native plant species along Salmon Creek in Sumner. The culprit is reed canary grass. “It’s a non native grass that can be detrimental to wetlands and stream banks,” said Jayme Gordon, Pierce Conservation District’s (PCD) program director for habitat improvement and environmental education. Suspected of Read More…

Salmon Tours are back – View Wild Chinook Salmon on the Yuba River

Yuba Net – Registration is open for the South Yuba River Citizens League’s (SYRCL) 2017 Salmon Tours. Join SYRCL’s River Science staff, trained naturalists, and river guides from Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) for a float trip down the lower Yuba to see spawning salmon. This day on a raft includes opportunities to learn about the Yuba River ecosystem, how mining has impacted Read More…

Fish Blood in Their Veins — But Few Salmon in Their River

KQED – This fall, the number of chinook salmon making their way from the ocean up the Klamath River in the far northwest corner of California is the lowest on record. That’s devastating news for the Yurok tribe, which has lived along and fished the Klamath for centuries. Salmon is integral to their entire culture and way of life, essential to Yurok ceremonies, for food, and for Read More…