Delta levees tested by earthquake simulation

KCRA NewsAugust 15, 2012Researchers are shaking soil in the Delta to better understand earthquake risk in the areaA group of researchers from University of California, Los Angeles, set up a shaking machine on Sherman Island, a remote part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. “We are studying the Peat Soil because it is very soft and different from what engineers are used to. There is a lot of Read More…

Oregon starts planning for Columbia gillnet shift

The ColumbianBy Allen ThomasAugust 15, 2012Oregon fish and wildlife director Roy Elicker says he’ll meet within seven to 10 days with his Washington counterpart to discuss moving gillnetters off the lower Columbia River main stem.The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission met Tuesday for its initial discussion about Gov. John Kitzhaber’s directive last week to shift the gillnetters to Read More…

Stickleback fish show initiative, personality and leadership

Planet Earth OnlineBy Jasmin Fox-SkellyAugust 14, 2012These personality traits include qualities such as leadership and initiative, as well as the tendency to follow others. The results reveal a rather sophisticated social awareness in fish that was only previously hinted at.Fish spend a lot of time in groups in order to decrease the risk of predation, but remaining part of a cohesive group is Read More…

U.S. & Chinese Coast Guards cooperate in drift net enforcement in…

Pacific News CenterAugust 15, 2012The Coast Guard 17th District transferred custody of the fishing vessel Da Cheng, a 177-foot fishing vessel seized 850 miles east of Tokyo, Japan in the North Pacific Ocean, for large-scale high seas drift net fishing, to two patrol vessels from the China Fishery Law Enforcement Command Tuesday.The Da Cheng was targeting albacore tuna using 10 miles of Read More…

U.S. asked to list great white sharks as endangered

The Los Angeles TimesBy Howard BlumeAugust 13, 2012Environmental groups have petitioned the federal government to list the declining population of great white sharks off the coast of California as an endangered species.The northeastern Pacific Ocean population of great whites is genetically distinct and in danger of extinction, according to the petition. Researchers have estimated that there are Read More…

California awarded $11 million for habitat protection

The Modesto BeeBy Matt Weiser August 14, 2012 California agencies will receive $11 million in federal grants to acquire habitat and plan additional protections for wildlife. The grants were announced Tuesday morning by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from funds held by the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, one of the functions of the federal Endangered Species Act. The Read More…

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission tackles gillnet controversy to…

The OregonianBy Quinton SmithAugust 14, 2012Squeezed by a November ballot measure and Gov. John Kitzhaber, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission waded back into the Columbia River gillnet controversy Tuesday, hoping to develop new rules and a middle ground to satisfy commercial and sport fishing groups. Kitzhaber asked the ODFW last week to develop rules to move commercial gillnets off the Read More…

California Fish and Game patrols the online waters

Contra Costa TimesBy Robert JordanAugust 13, 2012A word of warning for Craigslist posters and social media aficionados hoping to hawk or show off their exotic species, California Fish and Game is watching.In an effort to protect the state's ecosystems, the agency's game wardens routinely troll the waters of Craigslist and other social media for everything from Bengal tigers to ferrets. "People Read More…

Canadian firm proposes new Yuba River dam

The UnionAugust 13, 2012An application by a privately-owned Canadian company to build a new hydroelectric facility at Daguerre Point Dam on the lower portion of the South Yuba River has elicited reaction from conservation groups and resource agencies. “This project would jeopardize years of hard work by the public and resources agencies to restore the Yuba River's wild Chinook salmon runs, Read More…

Isan on flood alert as Mekong level surges

Bangkok PostAugust 14, 2012Northeastern provinces have stepped up flood surveillance and preparedness after the water level in the Mekong River rose sharply due to heavy rainfall over recent days.Nakhon Phanom Meteorological Centre yesterday issued a flood warning to residents, especially those living along the banks of the Mekong River and its tributaries, after the water level in the river rose Read More…