Coastal Oregon waters slightly caffeinated

OPB NewsBy Tom BanseJuly 23, 2012The Northwest is known for its love of coffee. Now evidence of that is showing up in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers have found low levels of caffeine at half a dozen locations on the Oregon Coast.Caffeine does not occur naturally in the environment in the Pacific Northwest. Marine scientists believe the java jolt gets into seawater through treated sewage and Read More…

Water wars set to reignite as Governor moves ahead with massive water…

KQED NewsBy Lauren SommerJuly 23, 2012On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar are expected to announce a multi-billion dollar plan designed to fix California’s longstanding water war in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.Their proposal for a 35-mile water tunnel is set to reignite the fight over how water is exported from the Delta. The announcement comes just months Read More…

Chinese fishing overwhelms marine resources

FISBy Natalia RealJuly 24, 2012Chinese businesspeople's fishing operations are overharvesting fishing resources on Fiji's waters in the Pacific ocean, local leaders state.A traditional Fijian chief, the Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu from Taveuni (on Fiji's second main island of Vanua Levu), claimed that Chinese businesspeople are paying locals to catch fish, clams, beche de mer and anything Read More…

First open water shellfish farm to be built off Southern California

FISBy Natalia RealJuly 23, 2012KZO Sea Farms is building the "First Open Ocean Shellfish Farm in US Federal Waters" in accordance with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) new aquaculture policy. The new farm will bring jobs and help slash the country’s USD 10 billion seafood deficit, the company said. The US Army Corps of Engineers last week issued a provisional Read More…

The next evolution of acoustic telemetry goes mobile

PR WebJuly 24, 2012Driven by the research needs of USGS scientists and others, the latest product for acoustic telemetry for fisheries research has arrived. Over the past decade, fisheries scientists around the world have used HTI acoustic telemetry to remotely track fish behavior with fine-scale 2D and 3D positions. These studies provided a wealth of information about fish passage, survival and Read More…

Delta’s path has tunnel right ahead

The Stockton RecordBy Alex BreitlerJuly 23, 2012Gov. Jerry Brown is expected this week to announce a plan to siphon water beneath the Delta with a pair of large tunnels, although the science supporting the $13 billion project is uncertain and final decisions about how much water can be taken may not be made until after construction is complete.Meanwhile, San Joaquin County supervisors will Read More…

Oregon to test drones to monitor seabirds

KMTR NewsJuly 23, 2012Oregon officials plan to test drone aircraft taking smartphone photos of seabirds that eat salmon and steelhead heading to the ocean.The Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to see if it can use the technology to get useful, inexpensive photos without exposing human pilots to coastal dangers. The department is interested in double-crested cormorants nesting on Haystack Read More…

California, federal officials to unveil water plans

Monterey County HeraldBy Gosia WozniackaJuly 22, 2012California Gov. Jerry Brown is set to reignite the state's water wars when he makes the long-awaited announcement this week about plans to build a massive twin tunnel system to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities.Already the $23.7 billion proposal is facing heavy criticism. Opponents say the tunnels Read More…

Construction forges ahead at Xayaburi Dam project

Bangkok PostJuly 22, 2012Construction work is still under way at the controversial Xayaburi Dam site _ including a dyke straddling the Mekong River _ despite claims by the Lao government that the work is only preliminary and promises that the project will proceed only with the approval of regional neighbors.The Bangkok Post Sunday sent a team to visit the site earlier this month at the same time Read More…

Study to examine how mining and climate affect native fish

PhysOrgJuly 20, 2012Researchers at The University of Western Australia will investigate how native freshwater fish in northwest Australia are dealing with changes to their habitat caused by climate change and mining.Chief investigator Dr. Pauline Grierson, from UWA's School of Plant Biology, said the inter-disciplinary study would examine the biological adaptation and ecological resilience of Read More…