Fishing volunteers catch steelhead for hatcheries

Statesman JournalBy Henry MillerDecember 20, 2012When it comes to great excuses to go fishing, saying that you’re working as a “hatchery volunteer” has to be at the top of the list.“Yea, it is,” G.I. Wilson of Keizer said, laughing. He is among the longest-serving participants in the state’s annual hook-and-line winter steelhead native broodstock collection program. “I got involved Read More…

Fall salmon count has mixed results east of Oakdale

Modesto Bee December 26, 2012 by John Holland OAKDALE -- A salmon nosed around the gravel in a Stanislaus River stretch east of Oakdale, guarding eggs she had just laid. The fish had swum this fall from the Pacific Ocean, her home for the past few years, and found spawning gravel restored by humans to suit her needs. "It's rewarding," said Jason Guignard, a consulting biologist who helped Read More…

Exploring the Mekong’s uncertain future

The New York TimesBy Jeff OppermanDecember 19, 2012Picture a river that has catfish the size of bears. With a giant freshwater stingray that could blanket a king-size bed and weighs as much as a buffalo.Imagine a river that carries so much water during the annual flood that one of its major tributaries would hit this wall of water, stop, and then be pushed backwards, flowing upstream for several Read More…

Calif. ocean sanctuaries to be doubled

San Francisco ChronicleBy Peter FimriteDecember 20, 2012President Obama is poised to protect 2,093 square nautical miles of ocean habitat off the coast of Sonoma and Mendocino counties, a move that would more than double the area covered by two national sanctuaries off the West Coast and permanently ban offshore oil drilling there.The decision, expected Thursday, would create an enormous preserve Read More…

Fishermen welcome EU conservation talks outcome

BBC NewsDecember 20, 2012Fishing industry representatives have welcomed the outcome of talks in Brussels on EU fish conservation measures.The UK government said the deal was good for "the health of the seas", while EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki was "broadly satisfied". The fishing industry had faced the threat of further automatic cuts as part of the EU's Cod Plan.It argued the cuts Read More…

Seeding the oceans with iron may not address carbon emissions

Science DailyDecember 19, 2012Numerous geo-engineering schemes have been suggested as possible ways to reduce levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and so reduce the risk of global warming and climate change. One such technology involves dispersing large quantities of iron salts in the oceans to fertilize otherwise barren parts of the sea and trigger the growth of algal Read More…

Saving salmon requires a boost in the Northwest’s focus and…

The OregonianDecember 20, 2012Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, not typically given to hyperbole, issued a call in September decrying failures in "the war to save salmon." The problem with the word war is that it connotes immediacy and, even in the long term, daily calamity. But a war over salmon?How about attention fatigue? The region has spent more than $10 billion over the past two decades Read More…

DFG completes 2012 fish tagging program

DFG NewsDecember 20, 2012The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has completed its annual sturgeon tagging program in Bay Area waters. The tagging operation is used to help manage California’s green and white sturgeon populations.The tags are white plastic disks that are smaller than a dime. Anyone who catches a DFG tagged fish is encouraged to return the tag. DFG pays a reward for the return of Read More…

Chinook forecast looking thin

The Bend BulletinBy Eric BarkerDecember 19. 2012Chances for a long chinook season with liberal limits next spring are looking slim.Fisheries managers from state, tribal and federal agencies are predicting 141,400 spring chinook bound for tributaries above Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River will return at least as far as the mouth of the Columbia. That includes 58,200 chinook bound for the Snake Read More…

Examining California’s water footprint

KCETBy Rick PaulasDecember 18, 2012Before talking about "water footprint," it's probably best to explain it. Whereas water usage is simply the measure of how much of the life-giving liquid people are using on a regular basis (taking a shower, watering the lawn, etc.), water footprint's a bit more all-encompassing. Let's say you're eating a burger and drinking a glass of water for dinner. Water Read More…