Cuts likely for lower Columbia fall chinook fishing

The ColumbianMarch 14, 2013State, federal and tribal officials — plus all manner of commercial and sport fishing interests — are in the middle of the month-long process leading to the setting of summer and fall salmon fishing seasons and regulations.It all comes to conclusion in mid-April when the Pacific Fishery Management Council adopts ocean salmon-fishing seasons followed by Washington Read More…

Protecting coastal biodiversity supports fisheries

The Fish SiteMarch 13, 2013New research by Swansea University is helping to understand the importance of sensitive coastal habitats, in Wales and the UK, for supporting our fisheries.The research, which uses novel stereo video technology, has been assessing the fish communities and their age ranges in different habitats around Wales.Read Read More…

Drought hits Mekong Delta

Saigon DailyMarch 13, 2013Authorities in the Mekong Delta are on high alert from threats of forest fires, as an early start of the dry season this year and scorching dry weather conditions have depleted thousands of hectares of lush green mangrove forests.Several mangrove forests have withered, while canals have run out of water along Thanh Hoa, Moc Hoa, Tan Thanh and Tan Hung Districts in Long Read More…

World’s largest freshwater fish threatened

Bangkok PostMarch 13, 2013The 16th Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) has brought thousands of delegates from over 150 countries to Bangkok to discuss cross-border cooperation, sustainable use of biodiversity and transnational endangered species issues.The importance of these issues is not lost on people living in the countries that share Read More…

U.S. fish stocks rebound; two-thirds back from depletion

USA TodayMarch 13, 2013In the 1990s, some U.S. fish stocks faced collapse. Federal requirements to prevent overfishing have brought a reversal and health to 27 of 44 once-depleted stocks. Is it time to relax the rules?Nearly two-thirds of once depleted U.S. fish stocks, including monkfish and sea scallops, are now thriving or bouncing back, a report today says.Read Read More…

Climate change a ‘mixed bag’ for Pacific Island fisheries and…

PhysOrgMarch 12, 2013An international, multidisciplinary team of scientists have combined their expertise to make projections for the future of tropical Pacific fisheries and aquaculture in the 21st century. Their research suggests that predicted climate change in the region will create winners and losers in both fisheries and aquaculture, requiring adaptation by many Pacific Island nations.Dr Read More…

NOAA Fisheries focus research on Bering Sea skate nurseries

NOAA NewsMarch 12, 2013 NOAA scientists will be keeping a closer eye on six skate nursery sites in the Bering Sea, following final action by members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council at the February meeting in Portland, Oregon.The Council designated the six sites as Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPCs) for early life stages of skates and established a research priority to Read More…

Legal battles over California water supplies set to escalate with…

Bloomberg BNAMarch 13, 2013California's legal battles over water are likely to escalate in 2013, once the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and a water quality plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are finalized later this year, several attorneys told BNA.This new wave of lawsuits would add to the already long list of water-related disputes now wending through federal and state courts, many of Read More…

Modernized Minto Fish Trap will be safer for fish and for fish…

NOAA NewsMarch 13, 2013The Willamette River drains some 11,500 square miles of a remarkably fertile and beautiful area of northwest Oregon. It empties into the mighty Columbia River at Portland, Oregon’s biggest city, and almost two dozen dams constructed for flood control, hydroelectric generation, and irrigation straddle its tributaries. Thirteen of these dams are owned and operated by the Read More…

Biologist says Umatilla dam work has helped fish

The Daily NewsMarch 12, 2013Research on the Umatilla River in northeast Oregon shows fixing irrigation dams has allowed more of the protected steelhead and salmon to pass through.The East Oregonian says biologist Craig Contor of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation recently delivered a report on the work.Read Read More…