Mekong countries push sustainability

Vietnam NetA prosperous and environmentally sustainable Mekong region would build a strong and united ASEAN and contribute to maintaining peace, stability, co-operation and development in Asia and the world, Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son said at a meeting of the Lower Mekong countries held in HCM City on Thursday, April 25."We believe in the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) and its great Read More…

Mekong Delta poorly funded to tackle climate change

Vietnam NetParts of An Giang Province are underwater in the flood season but face acute freshwater shortage in the dry season. The province is in dire need of dredging more than 600 canals, which will cost an estimated VND320 billion (US$15.32 million).So far, the province has put together its limited resources to dredge 150 canals in most dry areas so that water can flow to rice cultivable Read More…

EPA: Alaska mine project could hurt salmon streams

BusinessweekBuild-out of a large-scale mine near the headwaters of a world-class salmon fishery in Alaska could wipe out as many as 90 miles of streams and alter stream flows, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a revised assessment released Friday.The report said mining activity would claim at least 24 miles of streams in the Bristol Bay region, based on the scenarios evaluated, Read More…

Icelanders seek sustainability double

Fish News EU Iceland Sustainable Fisheries (ISF) has entered its golden redfish fishery and saithe fishery into MSC assessment. It is the first redfish fishery in the MSC programme and the assessment will be carried out by independent certifier Vottunarstofan Tún. Golden redfish (Sebastes marinus) is fished year round but especially in the late winter and early spring. The main fishing grounds Read More…

Spring-run salmon are posing for the camera

Chico ERIt's showtime for people who live along Butte Creek. The spring-run chinook are on their way home, to rest in pools of water before spawning in late September through early October.The fish are listed as threatened on federal and state endangered species lists.It's much more fun to go watch the fish in person, while putting your toes in the water. But in the meantime, people can tune in Read More…

Interactive map: Sacramento Delta tunnel project

The Sacramento BeeThe Bay Delta Conservation Plan would affect 3,530 acres of land in Sacramento County, mostly between Freeport and Courtland, to divert Sacramento River water. This map shows the latest official location and size of the proposed facilities, which may change when a final proposal is released later this year. Use the map to view detailed imagery of the land that would be affected. Read More…

Invasive snail spreading in Southern California

The Sacramento BeeAn invasive snail species is slowly but steadily taking over Southern California waterways.Despite six years of efforts to stop them, New Zealand mudsnails have shown up in nearly a dozen creeks in the Santa Monica Mountains, up from three in 2006, the Ventura Star reported."It's incredible. They just literally take over the entire bottom of the stream," said Mark Abramson, Read More…

Eagles, gulls, terns, salmon/steelhead; corps considers ways to…

The Columbia Basin BulletinProtections from egg-gobbling gulls could soon be in place for Caspian terns, a bird species long managed to reduce their predation on juvenile salmon and steelhead that stream through the Columbia River estuary.Those protections for terns could include hazing of the gulls and/or their lethal removal.For the last three nesting seasons (2010-2012) productivity for the Read More…

Drought won’t help migrating baby salmon

The Record SearchlightDespite one group’s call to send more water down the Sacramento River, the six million young Chinook salmon beginning their journey to the Pacific Ocean this week are not getting any relief from a dry water year.The Golden Gate Salmon Association had asked the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to release more water into the river from Shasta and Keswick dams to help the young Read More…

CCC crew plants field near Modesto to help restore habitat

The Modesto BeeEleven young people made history Thursday morning in a farm field along the lower Tuolumne River west of Modesto.They planted the first trees in the restoration of Dos Rios Ranch, a 1,603-acre expanse that will become wildlife habitat and natural floodplain at the confluence with the San Joaquin River.The crew from the California Conservation Corps planted oaks, willows and other Read More…