Panel to debate solutions for Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

The ReporterJanuary 26, 2013Is peace possible in the war over the waters in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta? A UC Center Sacramento panel discussion aims at answering that question. The discussion is from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at 1130 K St., Sacramento. The event is free and lunch is provided. To register, visit the UC Center's website.The conventional wisdom is that change in the Read More…

Calif. groups want state to study smaller tunnel

The Fresno BeeBy Gosia WozniackaJanuary 26, 2013A half-dozen water agencies have cast their lot with environmental groups in calling on California to study a scaled-down alternative to the $14 billion Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta tunnels endorsed by Gov. Jerry Brown to bring water from north to south.Proponents say a single, smaller tunnel coupled with investments such as water recycling Read More…

McDonald’s Alaska pollock products to carry ‘sustainable’…

Anchorage Daily NewsJanuary 24, 2013McDonald's says it will be the first national restaurant chain to carry a label from a group that certifies sustainable fishing practices.The blue "ecolabel" from the Marine Stewardship Council certifies that the Alaskan Pollock used in McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwiches come from suppliers with sustainable fishing practices.Read Read More…

Gov. Brown puts a price tag on protecting major water supply

Southern California Public RadioBy Julie SmallJanuary 24, 2013In his State of the State address Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown reiterated his pitch to protect California’s water supply. But in a speech lawmakers repeatedly interrupted with applause, Brown’s plea to spend billions on water elicited silence. He was speaking to a joint session of the legislature, but his message is really for Read More…

Lots of herring hit Bay Area

The San Francisco ChronicleBy Peter FimriteJanuary 24, 2013Great swirling schools of herring converged in San Francisco Bay this month, drawing fishermen, sea lions, harbor seals and thousands upon thousands of birds looking to fatten up for the winter.The menagerie of wildlife is a sign that the bay's once spectacular herring runs, which collapsed four years ago, are returning to their former Read More…

Battle for the Mekong takes new turn

The Nation January 25, 2013Laos reached an agreement with downstream countries Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand more than a year ago to suspend construction of the US$3.5-billion (Bt113 billion) dam while independent studies were made on fish migration patterns and the possible threat posed by the dam to food security. About 60 million people depend on the Mekong River for their livelihoods through Read More…

Pacific bluefin tuna population down 96 percent

Environment News ServiceJanuary 24, 2013Pacific bluefin tuna numbers have dropped 96.4 percent from unfished levels due to decades of overfishing, finds a new stock assessment, prompting conservationists to call for a moratorium on the fishery.Like the closely related Atlantic bluefin and southern bluefin, the Pacific bluefin is a commercially valuable species and several thousand tonnes are Read More…

Milestone looms for farm-raised fish

The New York TimesBy Craig LeisherJanuary 24, 2013Sometime this year, we will quietly pass a milestone in human history: the majority of the fish we eat will be farm-raised rather than wild-caught.In the last 20 years, the production of fish through aquaculture has grown exponentially, while marine fish catches have leveled off. Unless it’s an extraordinary year for marine fishing, in 2013 the Read More…

Invasive pike thriving on salmon, other species

KTOO NewsJanuary 24, 2013A federal and state study says northern pike that gobble up salmon fingerlings in Alaska streams can thrive long after that valuable species has been decimated.The study concludes that nonnative pike prefer juvenile salmon but will turn to other native fish when salmon are less abundant.Read Read More…

Predicting salmon returns: food supply is a good indicator

The Seattle TimesBy Lynda V. MapesJanuary 24, 2013Every year fish managers attempt to predict how many Pacific salmon will migrate back to their home rivers. It's a key exercise that drives everything from harvest limits to hatchery policy.A team of scientists from NOAA and Oregon State University have found clues are better than others for predicting fish abundance.Read Read More…