Database for regional fisheries assessments to be established

Fish UpdateSeptember 12, 2012The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is now hosting the Regional Database FishFrame (RDB-FishFrame), a regionally coordinated database platform for fisheries assessments.The database, which covers fisheries in the North Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, addresses fishery management needs related to the European Union Common Read More…

Globally, little forage fish net big profits

FuturityBy Jacob Levich-Stony BrookSeptember 10, 2012While helping to maintain the health of marine ecosystems, small forage fish contribute at least $16.9 billion annually to the worldwide fishing industry, a new study shows.A first-time analysis estimates three kinds of contributions from small schooling species such as herring, anchovies, and sardines:  direct catch, as food for other Read More…

New study provides detailed view of pre-development Delta

CDFG NewsBy Carl WilcoxSeptember 13, 2012The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta has been transformed over 150 years from the largest system of wetlands on the West Coast of the United States into an expanse of farms, levees and channels that support California’s water delivery system.A new study provides a detailed look at the Delta before levees and water diversions permanently altered it. Read More…

Central San Joaquin Valley farmers feel ignored in historic water…

The Produce NewsBy Ed BolingSeptember 12, 2012The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has seemingly ignored outreach efforts by commodity groups in California's San Joaquin Valley as it works through the proposed long-term Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program.The seven-member board heard presentations from staff members at a recent Central Valley Water Board meeting. The day Read More…

Big stink in L.A. may be dying Salton Sea

The San Francisco ChronicleSeptember 11, 2012The saltwater lake that could be to blame for a rotten-egg stench that seeped through greater Los Angeles on Monday has bigger problems than its public image.The massive body of water 150 miles southeast of the City of Angels is a dying lake, plagued by increasing salinity, receding shorelines and periodic fish die-offs caused by plummeting oxygen Read More…

Plentiful fall chinook, savvy tribal fishermen hit the Columbia River…

The OregonianSeptember 11, 2012Three tribal fishermen pull the 300-foot-long gillnet over their fiberglass boat, untangling and sorting dozens of salmon as an orange sun rises. Will Zack and two helpers tend nine nets on the both sides of the Columbia River upstream from Cascade Locks. Early morning pulls are best, hauling in some 50 fish in 30 minutes. Zack and his crew speed to a landing at Read More…

Gillnet foes in Oregon drop efforts to pass ballot measure and…

The Oregonian September 10, 2012The proponents of a ballot measure to ban gillnet fishing on the lower Columbia River say they're dropping their effort to pass it and will support a compromise introduced by Gov. John Kitzhaber last month. Measure 81 will still appear on the November ballot. The Stop Gillnets Now coalition, including sport-fishing and environmental groups, made the announcement Read More…

Study provides first-time analysis of 3 distinct contributions of…

PhysOrgSeptember 10, 2012A just-published study provides a first-time analysis of the value of forage fish, which are small, schooling species such as sardines, herring, and anchovies. Three kinds of contributions of forage fish were estimated: as direct catch, as food for other commercially important fish, and as an important link in the food web in marine ecosystems. The analysis showed these Read More…

Reduction in fish harvesting necessary to protect healthy stocks in…

PhysOrgSeptember 10, 2012Fish populations around the world could soon be full of slow growing, unproductive 'couch potatoes' if the current levels of intensive fishing continue, according to Deakin University research.Associate Professor Peter Biro, an ecologist with Deakin's School of Life and Environmental Sciences, has found that faster growing fish, regardless of their size, fall prey to Read More…

More pangasius farmers adopt VietGAP standards

FISBy Natalia RealSeptember 11, 2012Thousands of pangasius or tra fish farmers in the Mekong Delta have adopted the Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practice (GAP) standards following the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's (MARD) encouragement.The standards help farmers achieve stability in production and quality and sell and export their fish more easily, as well as significantly slash Read More…