Two Years on, Sesan’s Ethnic Communities Attempt to Restart Their…

VOA – Fut Kheun has been keeping a close watch on the water levels at the Sesan II reservoir, in the remote Srekor commune of Stung Treng province. The ethnic Kreung villager is living close to the water at the reservoir, two years after ethnic minority communities were forced from their homes to make way for the 400MW Sesan Dam reservoir. Fut Kheun’s family is among the 60 that have Read More…

CDFW Awards $37 Million for Ecosystem and Watershed Restoration,…

CDFW News – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 40 multi-benefit ecosystem restoration and protection projects to receive funding under its Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 grant programs. The awards, totaling $37 million, were made under CDFW’s 2020 Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 Grant Opportunities Proposal Solicitation Read More…

Save Salmon, Save Ourselves

The Revelator – If you want to know how well the environment is faring these days, look to the fish. Especially salmon. “Our greatest assaults on the environment are visible in salmon,” writes author Mark Kurlansky in his new book, Salmon: A Fish, the Earth and the History of Their Common Fate. Following decades of environment abuses, salmon populations in many places, especially Read More…

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

AP News – The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks. With so many competing demands, the Klamath River has come to symbolize a larger struggle over the increasingly precious water Read More…

Regional efforts find unique ways to combat invasive species

The Daily News – From the northern lakes and forests to the coastal dunes and southern plains, Michigan is home to diverse landscapes and ecosystems. Natural resource challenges can differ by region, and this is true especially when it comes to managing invasive species — those that are not native and can cause harm to the economy, environment or human health. To address the diversity Read More…

Sound Science: Investigating the spawning behavior of Pacific herring

The Cordova Times – Every spring, researchers from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Prince William Sound Science Center work together to estimate the spawning biomass of Pacific herring in Prince William Sound. This project is part of a greater effort by the Herring Research and Monitoring program to track the recovery of herring since its decline in 1993. Spawning biomass, the Read More…

Researchers document seasonal migration in deep-sea for first time

Oceanographic – For the first time, scientists have documented seasonal migrations of deep-sea fish across the seafloor, an important insight that will further scientific understanding of the underwater world. The study was led by Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and the University of Glasgow. researchers analysed more than seven years of deep-sea photographic data from West Africa, Read More…

NOAA study finds key ocean climate patterns less reliable in…

Columbia Basin Bulletin – A new study shows that two important indicators for understanding and predicting the effects of climate variability on eastern North Pacific marine ecosystems are less reliable than they were historically. This finding has important implications for fisheries and ecosystem management from Alaska to California. The study, “The changing physical and ecological Read More…

Coastal Wetlands Save $1.8 Million per Year for Each Square Kilometer

EOS – Mangrove forests, marshes, and seagrass beds protect inland areas from storm surges and strong winds. Over long periods, coastal wetlands like these build up sediment that mitigates sea level rise and local land subsidence. A new analysis of property damage from Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal storms has shown that counties with larger wetlands suffered lower property damage Read More…

New Aquatic Nature Reserve Protects Critically Endangered River…

Rainforest Trust – The Irrawaddy Dolphin is technically an oceanic species, living along the coasts of Asia. But the dolphins also live in three river systems — the Mekong, the Irrawaddy and the Mahakam. And these freshwater populations are under greater threat than the oceanic populations. While the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the global Irrawaddy Dolphin Read More…