Lake Washington sockeye returns have peaked, but chinook numbers are…

The Seattle TimesBy Mark YuasaJuly 30, 2012The Lake Washington sockeye returns continue to wane, but chinook are now coming into the picture."The sockeye return continues to drift lower while the chinook return is gaining momentum both of which are typical," Bill Robinson with SPU Cedar River AMWG Member and SPU Cedar River HCP Oversight Committee said in an email. "It remains to be seen how the Read More…

Mekong floods expected early

Viet Nam NewsJuly, 28 2012The annual flooding in the Mekong Delta could occur early this year and reach the third alarm level, the highest, according to the Southern Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.Since last week water has been flowing into the upstream areas of the Tien and Hau Rivers, two major tributaries of the Mekong. The Tien's water level is increasing by 2-5cm a day at the Read More…

Laos denies lying about dam construction

Bangkok PostJuly 27, 2012Following allegations Laos has ignored its Mekong River Commission (MRC) neighbours and proceeded with construction of the Xayaburi Dam project, Laos' Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Viraphonh Viravong spoke to the Bangkok Post Sunday to explain the other side of the story. The following is an edited version of the interview.After the MRC meeting in December in Siem Read More…

California groundwater needs to be part of debate

The Modesto Bee July 29, 2012While it's crucial to repair the plumbing in the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California has many water needs that are being overlooked.Largely missing from the debate is the management of California's groundwater resources, which in dry years provide nearly 40 percent of the state's supplies. As the state enters a new phase of emphasizing delta solutions, Read More…

New ICES approach to data limited fish stocks aims to aid sustainable…

Fish UpdateJuly 30, 2012For the first time, ICES has succeeded in providing quantitative advice on 68 data-limited stocks in addition to the almost 80 stocks ICES has annually provided catch advice in the last years. This is a great step forward in the management and conservation of stocks for which little quantitative information is available. The advice released in May and June covers most Read More…

Documentary rekindles Antarctic fishery controversy

FISBy Natalia RealJuly 30, 2012New Zealand’s fishing activities in the Antarctic’s Ross Sea are responsible and sustainable, claimed the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council (NZSIC). The comment comes in anticipation of the release of a documentary on the subject by NZ filmmaker Peter Young.“The Last Ocean” has been refused the opportunity to be seen before it debuts, but it is listed in Read More…

Progress in bluefin tuna breeding in captivity highlighted

FISBy Analia MuriasJuly 27, 2012The Secretary General of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama), Carlos Domínguez, states that the scientific research for breeding bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in captivity is an "example for the entire Mediterranean."In reference to fattening techniques and the exploitation of this resource, the official argues that if these Read More…

Delta folks hot over water tunnel plan

The San Francisco ChronicleBy Demian BulwaJuly 28, 2012Strolling down a dirt levee road, farmer Mike Robinson passed his fields of alfalfa and yellow safflower. A worker pumped river water toward a tomato crop, and two men and a boy laughed as they sped by on personal watercraft.It was an idyllic summer scene in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, but one that did not veil Robinson's anger Read More…

Buoy 10 fishery expected to be a hit for salmon anglers

The Seattle TimesBy Mark YuasaJuly 28, 2012The popular Buoy 10 salmon fishery near the Lower Columbia River mouth opens this Wednesday, and many are making plans for what should be a return of more than 650,000 kings."The forecast appears to be pretty accurate, and it will be a big year for kings as has been seen this summer on the coast, Strait of Juan de Fuca and many other places like Read More…

Catch-share touted as way to cure overfishing in Gulf

WUSF NewsBy Steve NewbornJuly 27, 2012 The world's oceans used to be thought of as a limitless resource to be exploited. But the world's booming population and a huge increase in the number of fishing vessels has proved the ocean's bounty to be finite. A new solution to setting limits for individual fishermen has been developed. It's called catch-share. It basically sets a limit on the number Read More…