Studies will help assess Tuolumne River’s future

The Modesto BeeBy Garth StapleyJanuary 18, 2013All sides of a high-stakes struggle over Tuolumne River water got tons of new ammunition Thursday with the partial release of critical studies.Thousands of pages of technical documents will be parsed by many interest groups heading into key Jan. 30-31 public meetings that could help decide whether more should be done for fish, perhaps at the expense Read More…

Vietnam, Cambodia hit back at Laos Mekong dam

The Times of IndiaJanuary 18, 2013Vietnam urged Laos to halt construction of a $3.5 billion hydropower dam pending further study, environmental activists said on Friday after a meeting of the Mekong River Commission. The activists said Cambodia, also downriver from the Xayaburi dam, accused Laos during heated discussions on Wednesday and Thursday of failing to consult on the project.Read Read More…

Donors raise concerns about Xayaburi dam on Mekong River

The NationJanuary 17, 2013International donors to the Mekong River Commission on Thursday raised concerns about Laos' decision to go ahead with the Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong and the commission's refusal to invite the World Wildlife Fund to its meeting."We remain concerned about the social impacts and environmental risks associated with the construction of the Xayaburi hydropower plant in Laos," Read More…

FDA ruling on GMO salmon worries Alaska fishermen

High Country NewsBy Marshall SwearingenJanuary 17, 2013On January 2, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game released its annual fisheries forecast for the Copper River region, famous for its prolific runs of succulent salmon. The forecast, awaited each year by fisherman living in the region’s port towns, makes predictions based on the previous years’ harvest, weather patterns, and a variety Read More…

Sea lion spotted in American River in Carmichael

The Sacramento BeeBy Sam StantonJanuary 18, 2013Roughly 5 million to 8 million people venture out onto the American River Parkway each year, but few experience Sacramento's crown jewel the way John Buchmiller did this month.The 52-year-old Mira Loma High School teacher was on his bicycle at the Harrington access point in the Carmichael area on Jan. 5, trying to spot a rare sea lion visitor he had Read More…

Fish feel no pain, scientists have concluded

The Daily TelegraphBy Malcolm HollandJanuary 18, 2013It's a debate which has raged for decades and been used by extreme green groups to attack fishing as cruelty masquerading as sport, but new international research claims fish don't feel pain when struggling on the end of a line.Fish do not have the brain structure, or enough specific nerve endings, to experience pain, the scientists Read More…

Fish journeying upstream are hampered by hydropower dams

NewswiseJanuary 16, 2013Major hydropower dams in the northeastern United States, constructed with state-of-the-art features designed to allow migratory fish to pass through them on their way to spawn upstream, have failed in that regard, raising questions that should be addressed as more dams are planned worldwide.Those findings were reported in a study published today in the journal Conservation Read More…

Study: Pacific Ocean helps predict salmon returns to Columbia River

KBKW NewsBy David HavilandJanuary 16, 2013A team of scientists from NOAA and Oregon State University have found that a wide range of biological indicators from the Pacific ocean are better predictors of adult salmon returns to the Columbia River than local or regional physical indicators. The accuracy of such predictions is invaluable to state and federal fishery managers in setting harvest Read More…

Energy from fish and bones

DWBy Anne BohlmannJanuary 15, 2013Vietnam's booming fishing industry is now using waste products to generate energy. A research project in the Mekong Delta is researching how fish waste could potentially replace fossil fuels.Dead fish lie in blue plastic bags. Hundreds of people with masks and hair nets stand at the assembly lines and cut the fish into pieces. These images appear in a promotional Read More…