Sporting businesses urge no permit for Pebble project

The Cordova Times — Outdoor businesses representing millions of sport anglers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are urging President Donald Trump directly to deny a key permit for the proposed Pebble mine, to safeguard thousands of American jobs and the fishing industry itself. The letter from over 250 national outdoor sporting businesses and organizations, was delivered to the White House Read More…

Sockeye Salmon: Canary in Coal Mine for Health of NW Rivers

Public News Service — Sockeye salmon offspring are making their way from central Idaho to the Pacific Ocean. Many people in the Northwest see the 1,000-mile journey as miraculous. But the tiny smolt face a number of challenges and the species is near extinction. Andy Munter is the owner of Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum and an Idaho Rivers United board member. He says sockeye are Read More…

Idaho paid anglers nearly $9,000 for these non-native fish. This…

Idaho Statesman — Idaho Fish and Game announced last week that it would again reward anglers for helping it learn more about a potentially harmful invasive fish species — walleye that swim in the waters of North Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille. Last year, the agency started a walleye lottery that could potentially pay out $50,000. Officials embedded microscopic tracking tags, invisible Read More…

Fisherman’s Wharf Warehouse Fire Destroyed Fishing Traps,…

KPIX — The huge fire that tore through a warehouse at Fisherman’s Wharf has destroyed fishing gear used to deliver about two-thirds of the city’s fresh seafood, threatening to disrupt the upcoming Dungeness crab season, local fishermen said Sunday. The fire erupted before dawn Saturday and wiped out a warehouse the size of a football field near the north end of Pier 45. Larry Read More…

Copco and Iron Gate reservoir levels to remain below normal through…

Herald and News — PacifiCorp is advising residents and those who use Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs for recreation that both will remain noticeably below normal water levels through at least the end of June. However, both reservoirs should remain accessible for recreation, including the use of boat ramps, during that time. PacifiCorp began lowering Copco and Iron Gate in Siskiyou County Read More…

Forests vs. Climate Change: Researchers Race to Understand What…

The Revelator — Much of the world watched in horror as Australian wildfires that burned late last year and into the beginning of 2020 incinerated an area the size of Wisconsin, killing 33 people and, by some estimates, more than a billion birds, mammals and reptiles. But the area of forest that burned pales in comparison to the total area affected by drought worldwide, says Tim Brodribb, Read More…

NOAA Cancels Five Large-Scale Fishery Surveys Due to COVID-19

The Maritime Executive — NOAA Fisheries announced Friday that it will cancel five out of its six large-scale research surveys in Alaskan waters this year due to COVID-19. The canceled surveys include the Aleutian Islands bottom trawl survey, the eastern Bering Sea bottom trawl survey, the northern Bering Sea bottom trawl survey, the Bering Sea pollock acoustics survey, and the Fall Ecosystem Read More…

Climate change in deep oceans could be seven times faster by middle…

The Guardian — Rates of climate change in the world’s ocean depths could be seven times higher than current levels by the second half of this century even if emissions of greenhouse gases were cut dramatically, according to new research. Different global heating at different depths could have major impacts on ocean wildlife, causing disconnects as species that rely on each other for Read More…

High hopes for low trophic aquaculture

The Fish Site — The €8 million AquaVitae project involves researchers from a consortium of 35 institutions from 15 countries, from around the Atlantic, with participants from Europe being joined by others from Brazil and South Africa. Earlier this month they met online to share results from the first year of the project. The pilot projects are the first outputs from the collaboration Read More…

Some 1,756 eggs of rare Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtles found in…

XinhuaNet — Conservationists have discovered 49 nests of the rare Cantor's Giant Softshell Turtles with 1,756 eggs on sandbars along the Mekong River in northeast Cambodia's Kratie and Stung Treng provinces during the nesting season this year, a Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) statement said on Saturday. Although this was only two nests more than in the 2019 nesting season, the number Read More…