Crafting of bycatch reduction plan for trawl groundfish fisheries

Sit NewsFishing industry stakeholders and federal managers in June will begin crafting a bycatch reduction plan for trawl groundfish fisheries in the Gulf.  It will include some form of catch share plan, and as the main delivery port for more than $100 million worth of pollock, cod, flats and other fishes, Kodiak is closely guarding any giveaways.It’s similar to a chess game, said Duncan Read More…

River flows not only way to aid salmon, state says

The Modesto BeeState water officials said Wednesday that their plan to aid salmon could involve more than simply boosting river flows at the expense of farmers.They said streambed improvements and other options could be part of the effort to build back salmon numbers on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers."We are actively looking at nonflow measures that can be taken," said Dorene D'Adamo Read More…

Sturgeon release keeps numbers up in Columbia

Nelson StarThis year marks the 12th annual Juvenile White Sturgeon release, hosted by the Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative (UCWSRI).The release events will take place at Beaver Creek Provincial Park, near Trail, on May 1, between noon and 1 p.m., and at Hugh Keenleyside Dam (on the Celgar side), near Castlegar on May 2, between 2 and 4 p.m.“This is a great way to really reach Read More…

Local creek study nets positive results

Kenwood PressA recent study of fish species and fish populations in Sonoma and Carriger creeks has uncovered a vigorous and diverse population, including a large male steelhead trout and rare California freshwater shrimp, living in the streams near Kenwood and Glen Ellen.Previous population studies have shown that steelhead trout do indeed spawn in Sonoma Valley, but the new study, a partnership Read More…

Talking Columbia River Treaty

OPBWith the future of the Columbia River Treaty up for negotiations, residents across the Northwest are learning how potential changes could impact water flows and uses in the basin.In particular, the treaty’s ultimate fate might have a bearing on water supply for Eastern Oregon irrigators, as well as continued flood control and power generation throughout the region.About 20 people attended a Read More…

Basin leaders looking for drought solutions

Herald and NewsWith a declared drought in Klamath County, politicians and community leaders have pointed their divining rods in the direction of solutions.Call it a trickle-up situation. Dry soils from a low water year and a thin snowpack have brought water supply issues all the way up the chain to our nation’s capitol.Greg Addington, executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association, Read More…

Public webinar planned on fishing for highly migratory species

Examiner Updates on the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Recreational Fishing Plan will be discussed at an upcoming webinar. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced on Tuesday, April 30 that it will conduct a public webinar and conference call on the topic on Wednesday, May 15. The webinar will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The program will start with a brief presentation on NMFS Read More…

Increase in salmon egg import expected

FISLast year 400 million Atlantic salmon eggs were produced in Chile, that is to say, 20 per cent fewer than in 2011, when 493 million were obtained, reported the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca).Meanwhile, according to the general manager of the Icelandic company Stofnfiskur, Rodolfo Infante, the firm exported "nearly 40 million eggs of Salmo salar (Atlantic salmon)" to Read More…

Young Coho salmon are being reintroduced to area waterways in hopes…

Yakima HeraldBiologist Todd Newsome lifted the two metal gates from their frame last week, effectively punching the tickets for young Coho salmon to start their trek to the Pacific Ocean.Over the next several days, the 150,000 smolts used the opening to swim out of a quiet pond north of Yakima, responding to the signal of snowmelt-fed rising water to continue their life cycle. They will spend two Read More…

Aerial snow measurement could help Calif. ag

Ag ProfessionalFrank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys for the California Department of Water Resources, could have done his last trek into snow covered mountains to measure snowpack if aerial snowpack surveys prove to consistently do a better job of estimating the volume of water that will come from mountain snow and when it will arrive in lower California elevations.With snow samples, historical Read More…