California House members convene on Bay-Delta water plan

The Sacramento BeeWater brought California lawmakers together on Tuesday. Or, at least, it got a bunch of them in the same room.In two separate sessions on Capitol Hill, one held for House Republicans and one held for House Democrats, California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird briefed members of the state's congressional delegation on the touchy subject of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Read More…

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Plan slammed with lawsuits

Sacramento Bee A planning document intended to resolve decades of water conflict in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was instead greeted by a flood of lawsuits on Monday.At least seven lawsuits were filed in three counties against what is known as the Delta Plan. The plan, which lays out a long-term strategy for developing and managing the sensitive estuary, is required by 2009 state Read More…

San Joaquin Valley farmers get bleak report on water supply

Fresno Bee Growers jammed into the Westlands Water District field shop Tuesday to hear bad news: Expect a zero percent water allocation next February if winter doesn't start out stormy.A leader with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which sells water to the farmers, described a bleak situation, but stopped short of predicting zero next year. Westlands general manager Tom Birmingham didn't Read More…

Soft tissue reconstructed on 380 million year old fish using…

Red Orbit Swedish, Australian and French researchers present for the first time miraculously preserved musculature of 380 million year old armored fish discovered in north-west Australia. This research will help scientists to better understand how neck and abdominal muscles evolved during the transition from jawless to jawed vertebrates. The scientific paper describing the discovery is published Read More…

Record Chinook, few coho

Siskiyou Daily News The California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Klamath River Project recently released the final report on Chinook and coho salmon returns to the Shasta River in the fall of 2012. A total of 29,544 Chinook salmon returned to the river to spawn last fall – the highest number recorded on the Shasta since recordkeeping began in 1978. However, only 115 coho salmon Read More…

Fishing nets found to kill large numbers of birds

New York Times Fishing vessels that deploy gill nets snare and drown at least 400,000 seabirds every year, and the actual figure could be considerably higher, according to research published in the June edition of an academic journal devoted to conservation. The study, in the journal Biological Conservation, uncovered reports of 81 species of birds killed by gill nets, including penguins, ducks Read More…

Plunging fish numbers linked to dam releases

Red Orbit A significant decline in the numbers of native fish in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin may be linked to released dam water being too cold for breeding. This is just one of the findings from a Griffith University led study which found current water releases back into the Murray-Darling system limit fish reproduction and therefore impact freshwater biodiversity. Griffith University Read More…

If dams don’t kill them, what does?

Wenatchee World You spend a lot for salmon, or perhaps we should say, your investment is great. If you live in the Northwest and use electricity, which is most of us, the bill came to $644 million in 2012 alone, according to the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council. That is what the Bonneville Power Administration paid for “fish and wildlife enhancement,” almost all for salmon. Read More…

Experts warning against farmed salmon consumption draws concern

FIS Following a debate regarding the health dangers of eating farmed salmon due to its high level of toxins, it has been revealed that Norwegian authorities have lobbied in the European Union (EU) to allow farmed salmon to contain higher toxin levels. This comes as Norwegian doctors and international experts are recommending that women, children and adolescents should avoid eating farmed salmon Read More…

Unattractive fish get anglers’ hearts beating this time of year

Yakima Herald Shad are not the prettiest fish that run up the Columbia River each summer. But when you have one of the feisty fish on the end of your line, pulling hard in the heavy current of the big river, you quickly forget how unattractive they are. Hundreds of thousands of shad are migrating up the Columbia right now and, because they’ll hit a lure or jig fairly regularly, those fish are Read More…