Fishermen demonstrate almost zero discards in latest MMO trial

The Fish SiteDiscards have now been virtually eliminated in some species by fishermen taking part in current trials, according to the latest catch quota report from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).The report shows discards of important stocks such as sole, cod, plaice, megrim and anglerfish have been drastically reduced in the trials carried out by the MMO through 2012 with North Sea and Read More…

Fish 2.0 tries to find new models to keep fish alive and feeding us

Co.EXISTFor the last 50 years, commercial fishing has meant massive trawlers catching as many fish as possible until they ran out. As fish populations have plummeted around the world, this business-as-usual has become a death sentence for species from cod in Canada to tuna in the tropics (PDF) (both fisheries are now functionally extinct). Because fisherman can now wipe out a tenth of a species Read More…

Only one half of wild salmon stocks are healthy

FISOnly half of the wild Pacific salmon stocks are healthy, according to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s (SFP) first edition of its sustainability overview of fisheries. The five commercial species in the overview are chinook, chum, coho, pink, and sockeye salmon and the data are based on information from SFP’s online fisheries information resource FishSource.com.  Fifty-one per cent Read More…

California House members convene on Bay-Delta water plan

The Sacramento BeeWater brought California lawmakers together on Tuesday. Or, at least, it got a bunch of them in the same room.In two separate sessions on Capitol Hill, one held for House Republicans and one held for House Democrats, California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird briefed members of the state's congressional delegation on the touchy subject of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Read More…

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Plan slammed with lawsuits

Sacramento Bee A planning document intended to resolve decades of water conflict in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was instead greeted by a flood of lawsuits on Monday.At least seven lawsuits were filed in three counties against what is known as the Delta Plan. The plan, which lays out a long-term strategy for developing and managing the sensitive estuary, is required by 2009 state Read More…

San Joaquin Valley farmers get bleak report on water supply

Fresno Bee Growers jammed into the Westlands Water District field shop Tuesday to hear bad news: Expect a zero percent water allocation next February if winter doesn't start out stormy.A leader with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which sells water to the farmers, described a bleak situation, but stopped short of predicting zero next year. Westlands general manager Tom Birmingham didn't Read More…

Soft tissue reconstructed on 380 million year old fish using…

Red Orbit Swedish, Australian and French researchers present for the first time miraculously preserved musculature of 380 million year old armored fish discovered in north-west Australia. This research will help scientists to better understand how neck and abdominal muscles evolved during the transition from jawless to jawed vertebrates. The scientific paper describing the discovery is published Read More…

Record Chinook, few coho

Siskiyou Daily News The California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Klamath River Project recently released the final report on Chinook and coho salmon returns to the Shasta River in the fall of 2012. A total of 29,544 Chinook salmon returned to the river to spawn last fall – the highest number recorded on the Shasta since recordkeeping began in 1978. However, only 115 coho salmon Read More…

Fishing nets found to kill large numbers of birds

New York Times Fishing vessels that deploy gill nets snare and drown at least 400,000 seabirds every year, and the actual figure could be considerably higher, according to research published in the June edition of an academic journal devoted to conservation. The study, in the journal Biological Conservation, uncovered reports of 81 species of birds killed by gill nets, including penguins, ducks Read More…

Plunging fish numbers linked to dam releases

Red Orbit A significant decline in the numbers of native fish in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin may be linked to released dam water being too cold for breeding. This is just one of the findings from a Griffith University led study which found current water releases back into the Murray-Darling system limit fish reproduction and therefore impact freshwater biodiversity. Griffith University Read More…