Oregon Joins Tribal Efforts to Restore Prehistoric Fish

Courthouse News Service – Photos from the early 1900s show lamprey – an ancient, eel-like fish, covering the rocks at Willamette Falls like a wriggling shag carpet. But like salmon, lamprey numbers dropped dramatically with the erection of dozens of dams in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a problem that Native American tribes have been working to correct for decades. And on Friday, Oregon Read More…

World’s Oceans Are Losing Oxygen Rapidly, Study Finds

The New York Times – The world’s oceans are gasping for breath, a report issued Saturday at the annual global climate talks in Madrid has concluded. The report represents the combined efforts of 67 scientists from 17 countries and was released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It found that oxygen levels in the world’s oceans declined by roughly 2 percent between 1960 Read More…

Moving salmon by truck during California’s drought now hurting them…

Valliant News – A desperate decision to truck California’s native baby salmon toward the Pacific Ocean during the state’s drought may have resulted in generations of lost young salmon now hard-pressed to find their way back to their reproductive grounds. With fewer native fall-run Chinook salmon able to make their way back home to the leading salmon hatchery in the state, that Read More…

Nature’s ‘Brita Filter’ Is Dying And Nobody Knows Why

NPR – On "good" bad days, the shells lie open at the bottom of the river, shimmering in the refracted sunlight. Their insides, pearl white and picked clean of flesh, flicker against the dark riverbed like a beacon, alerting the world above to a problem below. "That's what we look for in die-offs," says biologist Jordan Richard, standing knee-deep in the slow-flowing waters of the Clinch Read More…

Fishing guide hopes to engage Idahoans on salmon solutions

Union Bulletin – It’s not working. So far, all the tactics, strategies, programs and billions of dollars to keep Idaho’s salmon and steelhead returning each year have been ineffective. In the past few decades, fish numbers have gone from the millions to the thousands. The crash has been particularly acute in the past few years. In 2018, steelhead fishing seasons were shut down on Read More…

Lights On Fishing Nets Save Turtles And Dolphins

Eurasia Review – Placing lights on fishing nets reduces the chances of sea turtles and dolphins being caught by accident, new research shows. LED lights along the top of floating gillnets cut accidental “bycatch” of sea turtles by more than 70%, and that of small cetaceans (including dolphins and porpoises) by more than 66%. The study, by the University of Exeter and Peruvian Read More…

Fishing Groups, Tribes, Enviros Speak Out Against Grasslands Bypass…

Yuba Net – Today, representatives of fishing organizations, tribes, and environmental advocacy groups spoke against the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s proposed issuance of a 25 year permit to continue discharges of selenium and other toxins from commingled agricultural and stormwater runoff into the San Joaquin River and the San Francisco Bay Delta. These Read More…

Help Protect Steelhead Trout: Clean, Drain and Dry Fishing Gear to…

CDFW – With the December 1st opening of steelhead trout fishing in coastal counties south of San Francisco, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds anglers that it’s critically important to clean gear after every fishing outing. This practice helps prevent the spread of New Zealand mudsnails (NZMS), tiny (3/16”) aquatic snails capable of surviving out of water in Read More…

Mekong Fishing Communities Struggle With Hydroelectric Dams And…

The Organization for World Peace – Authorities of the Mekong River Commission met last Tuesday, November 25, 2019, to try to devise a common strategy to the crisis that has been developing in the Mekong River over the last few months. In Cambodia, record low waters have left thousands of people with almost no fish supply, cutting them off from their main source of living. The authorities Read More…

The Rarest Trout in North America Makes a Comeback

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – On Sept. 18, 2019, 30 federally threatened Paiute cutthroat trout were reintroduced  into their historic home in Alpine County, California by state and federal biologists. This date marks the first time that this trout has occupied its original home waters in nearly a century. Chad Mellison, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was one of the Read More…