Who pays for conservation in the world’s biggest tuna fishery?

World News AustraliaBy Quentin HanichAugust 7, 2012The world catches too many tuna. Thanks to our high levels of fishing, some tuna species are under threat. Everyone involved in the fishing industry agrees that fishing effort needs to be reduced. But no one can decide who should bear the burden of cutting back their fishery. This week the Scientific Committee to the Western and Central Pacific Read More…

Sacramento gains more funding to aid salmon

The Sacramento BeeBy David RuizAugust 8, 2012Since 2006, Sacramento city officials have received $1.78 million from the U.S. government to help salmon spawn in the summer, and they're about to get $650,000 more.The City Council approved funding last week from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to continue the Lower American River Salmonid Spawning Gravel Augmentation Project. Tom Gohring, Read More…

State to stop coho salmon planting in Lake Oroville

Oroville MRBy Barbara ArrigoniAugust 8, 2012The hundreds of thousands of coho salmon growing in rearing ponds west of Oroville will be the last batch of the species planted in Lake Oroville.The news was given to members of the Oroville Recreation Advisory Committee at a meeting last Friday. A woman attending the meeting called this newspaper alarmed at the news. Officials with both the state Read More…

Salmon, and salmon counters, return to the Moke

Calaveras EnterpriseBy Joel MetzgerAugust 7, 2012Large Chinook salmon runs in the Mokelumne River last year signaled the return of the prized fish to foothill rivers after numbers precipitously declined in 2007.In order to properly manage wild salmon and protect fisheries in the future, the state Department of Fish and Game is conducting angler surveys on the Mokelumne, American, Feather and Read More…

Study: California lacks protocols to manage hatchery salmon

The Sacramento BeeBy Matt WeiserAugust 7, 2012California needs to dramatically reform its fish hatcheries in order to maintain healthy salmon and steelhead populations, according to a major new study.The $2 million study, released Tuesday by state and federal wildlife agencies, concludes nearly two years of work by a panel of fishery experts. It found, among other things, that the state lacks Read More…

Boom-and-bust salmon catch is booming again

California WatchBy Maria FinnAugust 7, 2012After years of going begging, Northern California is awash in salmon. Charter boats are booked up to two weeks in advance, and anglers claim to be bagging their limits before noon. The smell of gurry and the glimmer of scales are back at San Francisco’s Pier 45, where commercial fishermen unload their catch.The return is also a boon to eager chefs, Read More…

Warm, cold waters both needed for salmon and bear populations

Red Orbit August 4, 2012A mix of steep, colder streams and slower, warmer ones are necessary for both salmon conservation efforts and for bears and other predators that require access to the spawning fish for sustenance, researchers from the University of Washington (UW) claim in a recent research paper.The study, which will be presented during the Ecological Society of America‘s annual meeting Read More…

Sri Lanka arrests 37 Chinese fishermen over fishing dispute

Business Standard August 6, 2012Over 35 Chinese fishermen have been arrested and their two trawlers seized by the Sri Lankan authorities for allegedly poaching in the country's waters.37 Chinese and two Sri Lankan crew on board the trawlers were being escorted to Trincomalee after their arrest off the eastern coast of Batticaloa last night, Navy spokesperson Kosala Warnakulasuriya said. Local Read More…

Second B.C. salmon farm quarantined after tests

Times ColonistBy Judith LavoieAugust 4, 2012A second B.C. salmon farm is under quarantine because fish tested positive for a potentially deadly virus, but salmon farmers say the disease has not yet been confirmed and no culling decisions will be made until the Canadian Food Inspection Agency receives results from further tests.The CFIA has taken charge of the Grieg Seafood site at Culloden Point Read More…

Warm water stalls Snake steelhead

The Spokesman-ReviewBy Eric BarkerAugust 5, 2012Warm water temperatures in the lower Snake River have put the brakes on the summer steelhead run.“The fish aren’t entering the Snake River,” said Alan Byrne, a fisheries biologist for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at Boise. “It seems like we have a thermal block.” It is not uncommon for the run to stall when there is more than a Read More…