More Lao dam deals inked

Phnom Penh PostOctober 25, 2012Laos has contracted firms to build and operate another significant hydropower plant on the Mekong River system, adding to the existing furore over potential effects on downstream countries such as Cambodia from the controversial Xayaburi dam.The contracts, reportedly worth $1 billion, are for a series of three dams making up the Xe-Namnoy plant on two tributaries of Read More…

Enviros seek to block suction dredge gold mining on Oregon’s Rogue…

MinewebBy Dorothy KosichOctober 29, 2012A lawsuit filed by environmental groups seeks to extend the ban on suction dredge mining from Coho Salmon critical habitat in the Klamath River area of northern California to Coho Salmon habitat on the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon.The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center is challenging the U.S. Forest Service's authorization of suction-dredge placer Read More…

U.N. urges foreign fishing fleets to halt “ocean grabbing”

ReutersBy Alister DoyleOctober 30, 2012"Ocean grabbing" or aggressive industrial fishing by foreign fleets is a threat to food security in developing nations where governments should do more to promote local, small-scale fisheries, a study by a U.N. expert said on Tuesday.The report said emerging nations should tighten rules for access to their waters by an industrial fleet that is rapidly Read More…

Aquaculture industry focuses on sustainable growth

FISBy Natalia RealOctober 30, 2012Aquaculture New Zealand Chief Executive Gary Hooper says a balance must be reached between the needs of bach and boat owners and of marine farmers to reach sustainable growth. Sustainable growth is also the theme of the NZD 400 million (USD 328.9 million) aquaculture industry’s annual conference in Nelson this week. "People need to better understand that water Read More…

Drilling for Delta tunnel studies blocked in court

The Stockton RecordBy Alex BreitlerOctober 30, 2012Test drilling for Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed twin tunnels must wait until next spring, despite state officials' warning in court documents that any delay could drive up the cost of the now $14 billion project, or even render it infeasible.Judges in San Joaquin, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties denied requests by the state Department of Water Read More…

Pacific Northwest tribes want to use hatcheries to replenish salmon…

FISBy Natalia RealOctober 30, 2012While fish hatcheries below the dams in the Pacific Northwest of the US have for decades boosted salmon stocks for downstream and ocean fishers, wild runs upstream have weakened. Now tribes upstream claim that hatcheries can help replenish wild stocks when wild fish breed with their hatchery counterparts.The tribes' report contests experts' worries that the wild Read More…

National rivers initiative in the northwest puts emphasis on salmon…

OPBOctober 29, 2012Dams, agriculture, urban development — they’ve all contributed to the loss of quality habitat for Northwest salmon. In Idaho, a historic gold mine has left problems behind for salmon and steelhead.The Salmon River is one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The mountains, clean water and abundant fish and wildlife have attracted hundreds of people Read More…

Salmon probe shows need for reform, group says

The Globe and MailOctober 28, 2012Some who took part in the inquiry looking into why millions of sockeye salmon vanished from one of British Columbia’s most prized fisheries are already anticipating what the report might say, and many believe the news won’t be good for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.After listening to 160 witnesses, compiling 14,000 pages of transcripts and 2,100 Read More…

Vietnam cancels 23 hydro projects after continuous earthquakes

Ooska NewsOctober 25, 2012 After the Song Tranh 2 hydropower plant’s dam was cracked amid continuous earthquakes, the Quang Nam province authorities have reviewed and determined to cancel 23 hydropower projects in the area. More than 20 earthquakes have struck central Quang Nam Province's Bac Tra My District and Song Tranh Dam since the start of September. The most recent was on October 23 Read More…

Support from local communities needed to protect endangered Mekong…

WWFOctober 23, 2012 Kampi, Kratie town, Cambodia  – Five Cambodian fishermen representing their communities will publicly express their support for a ban on gillnet use in a ceremony highlighting the importance of the Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphin. The event organised by the Commission for Dolphin Conservation and Development of the Mekong River Dolphin Eco-tourism Zone, the Fisheries Read More…