Appeals court puts Oregon’s gill net fishing rules on hold – for…

Fishermen's NewsMarch 18, 2013 In last November’s election, Oregon voters overwhelmingly rejected Measure 81, which would have banned commercial non-tribal gill net fishing on Oregon’s “inland waters” and allowed the use of seine nets in their stead. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (OFWC) overturned the resounding tally of 884,913 votes (66 percent) with just four votes of their Read More…

EU told use Thailand as base

Bangkok PostMarch 18, 2013Thailand has the potential to be a hub for Europe to the fast-growing Greater Mekong sub-region, a forum was told on Monday.Simon Makinson, vice-chairman of the European Asian Business Centre, told the "Thailand at a Glance" forum that the kingdom's location was attractive for companies to set up regional offices for markets in Myanmar and other countries in the Read More…

California legislators weighing water

The Sacramento BeeMarch 18, 2013A few days after officials began releasing draft details on Gov. Jerry Brown's multibillion dollar water plan, Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, is holding a hearing to scrutinize the state's record on delivering clean drinking water. It starts at 10 a.m. in room 437 of the state Capitol.While there are some signs that the housing market in California may be Read More…

Groundwater contamination widespread

The Press-EnterpriseMarch 15, 2013Chemicals from California’s long history of industrial and agricultural development have made their way into groundwater, particularly in the Inland region, which logs some of the worst contamination in the state, according to a recent government report.Toxic substances such as nitrate from fertilizer and perchlorate from military and manufacturing operations Read More…

Overfishing big fish changes DNA in fish stocks

FISMarch 19, 2013Scientists at Bangor University have presented new evidence showing how overfishing of larger fish in a stock alters the gene pool by favouring smaller, less fertile fish. The scientists warn that this must be taken into consideration by fisheries and conservation managers.Fishers have known for the past 100 years that fish are shrinking and scientists have seen them grow more Read More…

A cool new way climate change is killing bivalves

GristMarch 18, 2013We already know that carbon-dioxide-filled, acidic ocean water is no-good, very-bad news for mussels and other underwater shelled creatures, causing their shells to dissolve. But, as these things so often go, it turns out that climate change is even worse for bivalves than we thought: It’s unleashing an awkward kind of anti-puberty on them. They’re growing smaller and Read More…

The future of fish farming and marine fisheries for a growing…

The Fish SiteMarch 18, 2013As the world’s population heads towards the 9.3 billion mark, predicted for 2050, the demand for fish products is also expected to grow. However, there are questions about the ability of marine fisheries and aquaculture to match increasing consumption rates. Aquaculture is currently growing at a faster rate than population growth, with total fish production (from Read More…

20-mile-long smelt run moving up Columbia River

The OregonianMarch 18, 2013A mass of smelt at least 20 miles long is moving up the Columbia River, attracting thousands of birds and hundreds of sea lions and seals.Though the birds and marine mammals are feasting on the little fish, dipping by people is likely years away as researchers work on a plan to get smelt off the endangered species list.Read Read More…

Water weed spraying in Delta starts

The Sacramento BeeMarch 18, 2013Herbicide spraying began Monday in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to control water hyacinth, an invasive water weed that has exploded in the region over the past nine months.The California Department of Boating and Waterways began the spraying program in a zone extending east and south of Medford Island, and also along the San Joaquin River as far downstream as Read More…