Projects to help fish: Salmon recovery efforts highlighted in Yakima…

The Spokesman-Review – Cowiche Creek is a good place to start when it comes to salmon and steelhead success stories in the Yakima Basin. Fish once eliminated from the small tributary have returned. Obstacles to passage have been removed, and riparian vegetation provides a faster-flowing, cooler path upstream. While it’s hardly fixed every problem or brought back historic populations, Read More…

Remote-controlled Salmon Farms to Operate Off Norway by 2020

The Spectrum – Tucked within Norway’s fjord-riddled coast, nearly 3,500 fish pens corral upwards of 400 million salmon and trout. Not only does the country raise and ship more salmonoid overseas than any other in the world (1.1 million tons in 2018), farmed salmon is Norway’s third largest export behind crude petroleum and natural gas. In a global industry expected to quintuple by 2050, Read More…

State of California reconsiders changes in Franks Tract

The Press – More than 100 people crowded into Scout Hall on Bethel Island last week as the (CDFW) held a meeting to collect public input on efforts to make changes to nearby Franks Tract. Just over a year ago, CDFW presented the final draft of the Franks Tract Futures Feasibility Study to the Delta Stewardship Council. The study concluded that the project to modify Franks Tract Read More…

What about the pupfish? How the 7.1 Ridgecrest earthquake impacted a…

San Francisco Chronicle – When a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Mojave Desert on July 5, it rattled the town of Ridgecrest, causing injuries, igniting four fires and cracking roadways and home foundations. One hundred and sixty-four miles away inside Death Valley National Park, it also created 10- to 15-foot waves inside Devils Hole, the sole habitat for the critically endangered Read More…

Drinking responsibly could now mean drinking ‘Salmon-Safe’ beer

Crosscut. – When Joel VandenBrink hiked Mount Rainier’s Wonderland Trail in 2012, the experience left him with a sense of awe and a desire to give back to the environment. The founder of Two Beers Brewing decided to fuse his work with his sense of stewardship. In 2015 his team produced Wonderland Trail IPA, a beer with some proceeds going toward the Washington Trail Read More…

Fish die-off maybe result of rapid seasonal increase in water…

Manitoulin Exposition – The rapid seasonal rise in water temperatures in inland lakes appears to be the cause of the recent fish die-offs in lakes Manitou and Mindemoya, and a recent report states that summer kill fish die-offs are predicted to double by 2050. While the MNRF hasn’t officially announced what the cause for the recent fish die-offs has been, Paul Moffatt, president of Read More…

Hull researchers head to the Mekong to tackle plastic pollution

Environment Journal – The Mekong River in Southeast Asia is one of the world’s great waterways, fertile and ecologically diverse with millions relying on it for their food, but it’s increasingly clogged with plastic pollution. To help address the mounting problem, a team of researchers from the University of Hull are documenting how plastic travels down the river, from Laos to Vietnam Read More…

‘The Numbers Are Just Horrendous.’ Almost 30,000 Species Face…

TIME – Overfishing, hunting and land development have pushed more species closer to extinction, according to a new report. The Red List report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) found that 27% of the more than 105,000 species the organization has analyzed are at risk of extinction, a total of 28,338 different species. IUCN also found that no species on its list Read More…

Montana FWP Seeks Comment On Non-Native Trout Removal

Montana Public Radio – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is proposing to remove non-native trout species in Cooney Creek, a tributary of the upper Swan River in northwest Montana, in an effort to boost native westslope cutthroat and bull trout populations. FWP manages these species as “species of conservation concern.” Bull trout are listed as threatened under the federal Read More…

Dramatic Drop in Mekong Water Level Sparks Alarm

Thai Visa News – Mekong River water levels that fell dramatically on Thursday under impact from dam operations will soon recover, says the national water management agency. Somkiat Prajumwong, secretary-general at the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR), offered the reassurance despite warnings from experts that the dams are destroying Mekong ecosystems and doing long-lasting harm Read More…