Cambodia pressures Laos to halt work on Xayaburi dam

Asia TimesMay 3, 2012Cambodia has called for an immediate halt to the construction of the Xayaburi dam in an official protest note to Laos, officials said in a statement last week, as opposition to the hydropower project gained momentum in Thailand. Lim Kean Hor, Cambodia's water resources minister and its representative to the Mekong River Commission (MRC), an intergovernmental body of four Read More…

Tuna tax is harming industry

FISBy Natalia RealMay 2, 2012The Fiji Tuna Association of Stakeholders believes the reintroduction of a fish levy tax has tainted the country’s international reputation and incited foreign boats to leave Fiji’s shores.The association, which represents the interest of service providers to the tuna industry, said the levy of USD 350 per tonne imposed in June last year on foreign fish exported Read More…

Sockeye salmon run expected to be large

CanadaMay 2, 2012This year's sockeye salmon run is expected to be one of the biggest in decades, local fishing authorities say.Alberni Sport Fish Advisory Committee member Bob Cole said last year the run was approximately 1.4 million, when it expected to be only around 600,000. Run projections are expected to be 700,000 to one million this year, Tseshaht chief councillor Les Sam said. Cole said Read More…

California’s Sierra snowpack far below normal

The San Francisco ChronicleMay 2, 2012Sierra snow depths are well below normal for this time of year, but reservoirs that remain full from last year's massive snowpack are expected to provide adequate water supplies for California's farms and cities.The state Department of Water Resources conducted its fifth and final manual snow survey of the season Tuesday. Water content in the Sierra snowpack Read More…

Residents demand answers on Xayaburi

The NationBy Supalak GanjanakhundeeMay 2, 2012 The topic of Laos's controversial Xayaburi dam yesterday warmed up an international conference here on transboundary river management as dozens of Mekong residents and conservationists demanded a halt to its construction.They called on governments in the Lower Mekong basin - Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam - to immediately address the Read More…

Xayaburi opposition escalates in Thailand

Phnom Penh PostBy Shane Worrell May 1, 2012   Criticism of the controversial Xayaburi hydro dam project in northern Laos is mounting in Thailand – the country set to enjoy most of the electricity if the project is completed.Representatives from 130 Thai civil-society organisations yesterday published a statement backing a report that outlines an alternative power plan to the 1,260-megawatt Read More…

Anti-dam activists picket Phuket meeting

The Phuket NewsBy Paritta WangkiatMay 1, 2012With the Mekong River Commission (MRC) holding an international conference on “transboundary river basin management” at the Mövenpick Resort in Karon from today until Thursday, the TPMP saw a chance to confront senior figures in the Thai government to call for them to pay more attention to the sustainable exploitation of the Mekong.The Xayaburi Read More…

Over 30 Yangtze porpoises found dead in China as population nears…

MongabayBy Jeremy HanceMay 1, 2012Six years after the Yangtze river dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer), or baiji, was declared "functionally extinct" by scientists, another marine mammal appears on the edge of extinction in China's hugely degraded Yangtze River. In less than two months, 32 Yangtze finless porpoises (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis), a subspecies of the finless porpoise, Read More…

Plans for dams on Mekong River could spell disaster for area fisheries

News at PrincetonBy John SullivanApril 30, 2012A massive expansion of hydropower planned for the Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia could have a catastrophic impact on the river's fishery and millions of people who depend on it, according to a new study by researchers including scientists from Princeton University.The researchers analyzed a number of scenarios for dam construction along the Read More…

Hundreds of submissions on King Salmon’s expansion plans

FISBy Natalia RealApril 30, 2012Roughly 200 submissions were made on New Zealand King Salmon's (NZKS) application to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) by the end of last week.A board of inquiry will consider an application from the aquaculture company to construct nine new salmon farms: three in Queen Charlotte Sound and six in Pelorus Sound. NZKS has planned several farms -- in an area Read More…