The future of fish farming and marine fisheries for a growing…

The Fish SiteMarch 18, 2013As the world’s population heads towards the 9.3 billion mark, predicted for 2050, the demand for fish products is also expected to grow. However, there are questions about the ability of marine fisheries and aquaculture to match increasing consumption rates. Aquaculture is currently growing at a faster rate than population growth, with total fish production (from Read More…

20-mile-long smelt run moving up Columbia River

The OregonianMarch 18, 2013A mass of smelt at least 20 miles long is moving up the Columbia River, attracting thousands of birds and hundreds of sea lions and seals.Though the birds and marine mammals are feasting on the little fish, dipping by people is likely years away as researchers work on a plan to get smelt off the endangered species list.Read Read More…

Water weed spraying in Delta starts

The Sacramento BeeMarch 18, 2013Herbicide spraying began Monday in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to control water hyacinth, an invasive water weed that has exploded in the region over the past nine months.The California Department of Boating and Waterways began the spraying program in a zone extending east and south of Medford Island, and also along the San Joaquin River as far downstream as Read More…

Sea lions vs. salmon: Annual clash resumes at Bonneville Dam

NPRMarch 18, 2013It happens every spring. Hungry sea lions follow endangered salmon runs up the Columbia River and feast on them at the bottom of the Bonneville Dam. If they’re caught, they can be killed by state workers. A campaign to stop the killing is becoming an annual tradition as well.This year, for the second year running, international activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Read More…

River debate swiftly flowing

The Stockton RecordMarch 18, 2013There's a reason the San Joaquin River has been labeled one of the hardest-working streams in the country. Most of its flow is diverted to cities and farms before it ever reaches Stockton.State officials are poised to address that for the first time in almost two decades, but their proposal to increase flows from less than 30 percent to 35 percent is under attack Read More…

Fish cannot smell in polluted waters

Scientific AmericanMarch 18, 2013Fish in lakes tainted with metals are losing their sense of smell, stoking concern among experts that the problem could devastate populations.But if the fish can just get into cleaner water – even if they’ve been exposed to pollutants their whole life – they start sniffing things properly again, according to new research out of Canada.Read Read More…

Local people demand halt to dam construction in Mekong River

Pattaya MailMarch 17, 2013A boat procession cruised along the Mekong River Thursday as part of a campaign by locals who oppose the planned dam construction for power production here.About 70 activists of a group calling themselves the Mekong River Lover Network of Ubon on Thursday held an activity to oppose the dam construction in the Mekong River.Read Read More…

The Mekong River: calling into question the germ theory of disease

American ThinkerMarch 16, 2013On our  journey along cost of the South China Sea, it's now the first day of Tet. About a week earlier, families made their offerings to the Kitchen God asking for a good report to the Heavenly Emperor. The message is to be delivered by a giant carp which transforms itself into a dragon on the way to heaven, Almost 80% of Vietnamese practice ancestor worship and Read More…

Conditions align for big salmon season

The San Francisco ChronicleMarch 17, 2013Greatness is rare in the outdoors, but salmon fishing could attain that in April off the Bay Area and Monterey coasts. The opener is April 6.The Pacific Fisheries Management Council has forecast 834,208 salmon available for fishermen on the Bay Area and central coast, and more than 1.55 million in all, including salmon from the north state and the Klamath Read More…

Alaska citizens stand up against coal mine that would destroy salmon…

FISMarch 18, 2013Green groups and commercial fishers came together this week to urge Alaska Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell to implement basic rules to protect wild salmon habitat and give Alaskans power to participate in the decision-making process as regards salmon habitat.Because Alaska law makes it possible for citizens to petition state agencies to set or modify existing Read More…