Central Valley flood protection plan approved

The Sacramento BeeBy Matt WeiserJune 29, 2012A new flood protection plan approved Friday for California's Central Valley takes a firm stand against rules by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that could require all trees and shrubs to be stripped from levees in the region.The new Central Valley Flood Protection Plan will guide regional flood-safety improvements for the forseeable future and must be Read More…

High bacteria levels in WA waters, not found in OR, ID

OPBJune 28, 2012Environmental regulators have detected high levels of fecal coliform in one of the Northwest’s most important areas for growing food.Fecal coliform can come from sources like sewer connections and livestock manure that washes into streams. The bacteria have become a yearly occurrence in 13 water bodies in central Washington’s Yakima Valley. In farmland, it’s made worse by Read More…

Cambodian villagers protest controversial Laos dam

ReutersBy Prak Chan ThulJune 29, 2012Cambodian villagers demonstrated on Friday against a controversial Lao hydropower dam that activists say is being built in defiance of an agreement to assess its potentially damaging impact on millions of people first.About 200 villagers whose livelihoods depend on the Mekong River urged a halt to the Thai-led construction of the $3.5 billion Xayaburi dam, Read More…

Xayaburi Dam construction defies moratorium

The Asia SentinelJune 29, 2012Despite the opposition of three governments and an array of environmentalists and public service groups from across the planet, the Xayaburi Dam, deep inside the mountains of northern Laos on the lower Mekong River, appears to be almost unstoppable. The Thai energy company Ch. Karnchang is said to be pressing ahead with the dam, to be built to supply electricity to Read More…

Reports about further environmental damage along the Mekong River

Travel Daily NewsBy Luc CitrinotJune 29, 2012NGO International Rivers reported in its yesterday edition that controversial construction work goes unabated along the Mekong River with possible irremediable damage for the environment and the ecosystem. And this time the blame is put on Thailand and not on China. The latter is already in the midst of polemics due to a dam construction in the Upper Read More…

Controversial quota system results in fewer fish being discarded at…

The Seattle TimesBy Hal BerntonJune 30, 2012On a blustery afternoon off the Southwest Washington coast, skipper Kevin Dunn hauls up a net from the ocean bottom and dumps a pungent potpourri of black cod, Dover sole, rockfish and other sea life onto the deck.Two deckhands sort, store and ice more than 3,000 pounds of fish that will be brought back to a shoreside processor. Meanwhile, a biologist Read More…

20 years later, cod recovery off Newfoundland finally evident

CTV NewsJune 30, 2012 Twenty years after Ottawa shut down Newfoundland's once-thriving northern cod fishery, a growing number of scientists, fishermen and environmentalists say there are signs the fish are finally coming back. George Rose, director of the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research at Memorial University in St. John's, said recent research indicates the cod are living longer and Read More…

Report shows bycatch in US fisheries

Anchorage Daily NewsBy Lane WelchJune 30, 2012A first-ever accounting of bycatch in U.S. fisheries has been achieved by federal scientists in a user-friendly report that aims to set a baseline for the accidental takes of fish, marine mammals, seabirds and other creatures by fishing gear.The National Bycatch Report, based primarily on 2005 data, shows fish landings and estimated bycatch ratios of Read More…

Fisheries agency detects fewer infringements over bluefin tuna

FISBy Analia MuriasJune 29, 2012From early 2012 to date, the Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA) found 32 possible breaches of bluefin tuna fisheries that could lead to sanctions.The executive director of the Agency, Pascal Savouret, explained that the agency "is not responsible for the enforcement of the rule but it is the responsibility of the Member States to investigate these cases in Read More…

Forage fish get protection in east coast

FISJune 29, 2012Peter Baker, director of northeast fisheries programmes for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to the New England Fishery Management Council’s (NEFMC) vote to approve plans that could help prevent the decline of river herring populations by regulating massive trawl vessels in the Atlantic Ocean. The action followed last week’s decision by the Read More…