Commission presses Ottawa to curb fish-farm impact on sockeye

The Globe and MailOctober 31, 2012The event that caused Prime Minister Stephen Harper to order a judicial inquiry into salmon management was so catastrophic it sent a shock wave throughout British Columbia: In the fall of 2009, sockeye salmon almost vanished from the Fraser River.After decades of decline, the most productive salmon river on the planet – a river that once had a run of 100 Read More…

Peru needs to build one dam per year to meet demand

OOSKA NewsOctober 31, 2012Peru needs to pick up the pace of dam-building to meet the country’s water and power needs by 2050, according to the country’s National Committee on Big Dams.During last week’s conference on "Dams of Peru: Importance and Security," the committee said the country will need to build one big dam per year to meet estimated demand by 2050, when Peru’s population is Read More…

Industry-funded study tracks fishing in polluted Portland Harbor

The OregonianBy Scott LearnOctober 30, 2012About 7,800 people eat contaminated resident fish such as bass and catfish caught in polluted Portland Harbor each year, a new study paid for by three harbor industries estimates. And roughly 4,800 consume the fish at or above levels recommended by state health officials, said David Sunding,co-author of The Brattle Group study. But the survey of Read More…

Mekong Delta can grow sustainably

FISBy Natalia RealOctober 31, 2012The Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta will need around USD 2.88 billion to sustainably grow the local fisheries sector, according to officials who spoke at a conference held in Can Tho City last week. The State Budget contribution for this expense will be used to improve fisheries infrastructure, and they will try to use foreign direct investment (FDI) as well as Read More…

Brussels reduces mackerel overfishing sanction

FISBy Analia MuriasOctober 31, 2012In 2013 and 2014 Spanish mackerel fishermen will have to pay a lower fine than that initially defined by the European Commission (EC), after finding that the fleet caught 19,621 tonnes more than what had been authorized in Atlantic and Cantabrian waters.Brussels imposed the return of double the exceeded amount on the Spanish fleet dedicated to fishing for Read More…

Study reveals alarming declines in Pacific shark populations

The Sacramento BeeOctober 30, 2012Research published today in the journal Conservation Biology presents the most comprehensive assessment of the status of Pacific shark populations to date.  The paper, authored by Dr. Shelley Clarke and a team from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia, shows significant declines in catch rates for blue, mako, and oceanic whitetip sharks, as Read More…

Sandy River Hatchery salmon releases challenged in lawsuit

The OregonianBy Quinton SmithOctober 31, 2012Two wild fish advocacy groups have gone back to federal court in Portland to stop releases of juvenile salmon and steelhead from the Sandy Hatchery. In filing the lawsuit, the Native Fish Society and McKenzie Flyfishers rejected a state settlement offer that would have reduced releases of two species of hatchery salmon and eliminated all spring chinook Read More…

Coming soon to Asia: Sustainable fisheries

Eco-BusinessBy Jenny MarusiakOctober 30, 2012A global scheme to make the world’s fishing industries more sustainable launched its new Asian headquarters in Singapore on Monday.The London-based non-government organization Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) held an opening ceremony for its new Singapore office to kick off a five-year-plan for the intensified growth of its eco-label scheme in Read More…

Corps of Engineers sets meetings for Columbia River cormorant plan

The Daily NewsOctober 30, 2012The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold three public meetings to discuss its draft plan for managing a large colony of salmon-chomping cormorants near the mouth of the Columbia River.Monday, the corps announced it has identified several preliminary strategies to manage the colony after consulting with U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Read More…

Stone fish traps explained

The TyeeOctober 30, 2012Fish traps turn up practically everywhere you find andromous fish—such as salmon and herring—that migrate from the sea to spawn in rivers or close to shore, or where their opposites, catadromous fish like eels swim from lakes and rivers to spawn at sea. The Thames River's medieval fish weirs, the Maori people's eel weirs in New Zealand, the Amazon's ancient Read More…