Fish collector could boost Baker Lake summer sockeye numbers

The Seattle TimesBaker Lake summer sockeye could soon see a dramatic boost in returns.Puget Sound Energy work crews launched a second 1,100-ton barge fish collector March 1, anchored just above Lower Baker Dam on Lake Shannon."If you're a sockeye fan, this is yet another great thing for the (Baker-Skagit river) system," said Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in La Conner.The Read More…

US to boost cooperation under Lower Mekong Initiative

Tuoi Tre NewsThe US will give priority to promoting cooperation with the Lower Mekong basin through its continued efforts to boost the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), a US official said.US Acting Assistant Secretary of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Joseph Yun made the statement at a seminar that discussed measures to expand cooperation under the LMI framework in Washington DC on Wednesday.Jointly Read More…

Calming the West’s water wars

Los Angeles TimesLast week, Texas and Oklahoma squared off in a Supreme Court battle over water rights that has the drought-ridden West on edge. At issue is a state's control over its own water: Texas seeks to buy or otherwise tap water from Oklahoma under the terms of an interstate water compact, actions that Oklahoma has so far refused to permit despite the compact.The stakes of the court's Read More…

NASA opens new era in measuring Western U.S. snowpack

NASA NewsA new NASA airborne mission has created the first maps of the entire snowpack of two major mountain watersheds in California and Colorado, producing the most accurate measurements to date of how much water they hold.The data from NASA's Airborne Snow Observatory mission will be used to estimate how much water will flow out of the basins when the snow melts. The data-gathering technology Read More…

Ocean pursuit leaves toothfish pirates with nowhere to run

Sydney Morning HeraldAn Australian-backed illegal fishing watchdog in Asia is on the heels of some of the last toothfish pirates, as a long-plundered fishery moves to a sustainable catch - and to local meal tables.A fishing vessel believed to be loaded with millions of dollars worth of Southern Ocean toothfish is being tracked through Malaysia and Indonesia, where it was stopped from landing its Read More…

Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries

NOAA NewsThe 2012 Annual Report on the Status of U.S. Fisheries highlights the progress that collectively, NOAA Fisheries, the regional fishery management councils, and our stakeholders have made to end overfishing and rebuild stocks. The report documents additional progress towards long-term economic sustainability of our nation’s fisheries. Recent economic data illustrates that the overall Read More…

Russia and US strengthen their efforts for fisheries research and…

FISThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Agency for Fisheries of the Russian Federation have now signed a Joint Statement on enhanced fisheries cooperation so as to address the current issues related to a higher pressure on the fishing resources and with the impact on the climate changes and ocean conditions.Both countries have been working together for a long Read More…

FAO appraises tuna fisheries worldwide

World Fishing & AquacultureApproximately 40 species of tuna roam all over the world's tropical, subtropical, and temperate waters, and they represent a very important source of food and employment in both developed and developing countries.The global yields of tuna have been continually rising, exceeding 6.6m mt in 2010, an increase on 1950 yields by a factor of 11. The 2010 value of two Read More…

Bringing back once-extinct coho

The Columbia Basin BulletinTouched with success, Yakama Nation Fisheries efforts to build returns of once-extinct coho salmon to the mid-Columbia River region are branching out, with hopes of infusing fish into the fingertips of central Washington’s Yakima River basin.“More coho are venturing into the tributaries” of the upper Yakima River and one of its main tributaries, the Naches River, Read More…

Forests at risk in Southeast Asia’s Lower Mekong region

Voice of AmericaSoutheast Asia's Lower Mekong region is set to lose a third of its natural forests in the next two decades, according to a report by the Worldwide Fund for Nature.  Forestry experts blame the current pace of deforestation on governments’ undervaluing forestry resources. The Worldwide Fund for Nature report, titled "Ecosystems in the Greater Mekong," said between 1973 and 2009 Read More…