Global ocean drifter deployed off Santa Cruz Island in California

NOAA NewsMay 2, 2012Yesterday, two students from Oak Park High School in Oak Park, Calif. deployed a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ocean drifter into the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, contributing to a global array that yields vital environmental data. Calvin Earp and Nirupam Nigam deployed the buoy from the Sanctuary's research vessel Shearwater. "We're Read More…

Fishermen fire shot in California water wars

Courthouse NewsBy William DotingaMay 3, 2012 California fishermen and crabbers call the federal decision to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta "a charade devoid of any effective environmental review," in Federal Court. The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations and the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association sued the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Read More…

Canada water pact aids salmon, hydro

ETCBy Steven JohnsonMay 3, 2012BPA and the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority have signed an agreement that officials say will help better manage water flows on the upper Columbia River in Canada.That could help BPA as it tries to control hydro and wind generation, while safeguarding the region’s $800 million annual investment in fish and wildlife protection. “This agreement supports Read More…

Squaxin Island Tribe releases salmon to find out where they go

Northwest Indian Fisheries CommissionMay 2, 2012The Squaxin Island Tribe released thousands of juvenile coho into the Deschutes River to see where they go. “In order to find out where the good coho habitat is in the Deschutes, we need to put some coho in the river,” said Scott Stetlzner, salmon biologist for the tribe.Increasingly low runs of coho to the Deschutes in recent decades mean there Read More…

California set for salmon gold rush

Fish News EUMay 2, 2012May 1 saw California’s commercial salmon fleet ready to launch from dozens of ports with high expectation for the biggest commercial salmon season the state has seen since 2005.According to the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), natural resource managers have predicted an ocean abundance of some 820,000 fall-run Chinook from the Sacramento Read More…

Officials mark completion of Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct…

ACWABy Lisa Lien-MagerMay 5, 2012Federal, state and local partners marked the completion Wednesday of an intertie connecting the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct five miles west of Tracy.The intertie connects the federal and state canals through two 108-inch-diameter pipes and a pumping plant with a pumping capacity of 467 cubic feet per second. The connection between the federal Read More…

Escape response of small fish tested using a supercomputer

Phys.orgBy Simone UlmerMay 2, 2012Small fish bend themselves into a 'C' shape before they flee from predators. Observations have suggested that this shape helps them to abruptly put the greatest distance possible between themselves and their predators. ETH researchers have now tested this hypothesis for the first time using a supercomputer. Children playing in the sea never tire of trying to Read More…

Cambodia pressures Laos to halt work on Xayaburi dam

Asia TimesMay 3, 2012Cambodia has called for an immediate halt to the construction of the Xayaburi dam in an official protest note to Laos, officials said in a statement last week, as opposition to the hydropower project gained momentum in Thailand. Lim Kean Hor, Cambodia's water resources minister and its representative to the Mekong River Commission (MRC), an intergovernmental body of four Read More…

Tuna tax is harming industry

FISBy Natalia RealMay 2, 2012The Fiji Tuna Association of Stakeholders believes the reintroduction of a fish levy tax has tainted the country’s international reputation and incited foreign boats to leave Fiji’s shores.The association, which represents the interest of service providers to the tuna industry, said the levy of USD 350 per tonne imposed in June last year on foreign fish exported Read More…

Sockeye salmon run expected to be large

CanadaMay 2, 2012This year's sockeye salmon run is expected to be one of the biggest in decades, local fishing authorities say.Alberni Sport Fish Advisory Committee member Bob Cole said last year the run was approximately 1.4 million, when it expected to be only around 600,000. Run projections are expected to be 700,000 to one million this year, Tseshaht chief councillor Les Sam said. Cole said Read More…