FAD management & harvest control rules top priorities for WCPFC…

Pacific News CenterNovember 30, 2012As delegates prepare for the 9th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in Manila, Philippines, the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is calling on member nations to give highest priority to implementing harvest control rules (HCRs) and advancing the management of fish aggregating devices, manmade Read More…

Sharp rise in the number of wild salmon in the Sacramento River

The record SearchlightBy Damon ArthurDecember 2, 2012Ryan Revnak and Zach Sigler are finding a lot of dead fish in the Sacramento River this year, and that's just what they like to see.State and federal officials have spent millions of dollars to make sure Chinook salmon thrive in the Sacramento River and its tributaries. So hundreds of dead salmon in the river means they have been swimming back Read More…

Changes might be looming on the horizon in Lower Columbia River…

The Seattle TimesBy Mark YuasaDecember 1, 2012There are big changes possibly coming for sport and non-tribal commercial salmon and sturgeon fishing in the Lower Columbia River, and sport anglers could reap the benefits.Washington and Oregon fisheries representatives came up with some proposals at a meeting held on Nov. 15 in Seaside, Oregon. To view them, go to the state Fish and Wildlife Read More…

Gill-net proposals detailed for Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission…

The OregonianBy Bill MonroeDecember 1, 2012The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday in the Willamette Room of the Holiday Inn Portland Airport, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd., to discuss and, most likely, enact landmark rules easing non-tribal commercial gill-nets off the lower Columbia River by 2017. The meeting begins at 8 a.m., although it's possible the commission may continue Read More…

Protected green sturgeon habitat upheld

The San Francisco ChronicleBy Bob EgelkoNovember 30, 2012A federal judge on Friday upheld habitat protections for the green sturgeon, a threatened species, in the Sacramento River, Bay Area waterways and coastal waters from Monterey Bay northward, rejecting challenges from the building industry.The National Marine Fisheries Service properly considered potential economic impacts before designating Read More…

State to study costs and benefit analysis of Bay-Delta plan

CVBTNovember 30, 2012The California Natural Resources Agency says a cost-benefit analysis of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) will be conducted to provide a more complete picture of the project’s costs and economic benefits.A major part of that plan, which might cost $50 billion or more, would be massive tunnels to siphon fresh water out of the Sacramento River before it can flow Read More…

Pink returns triple 2011, chinook and coho numbers similar to recent…

CanadaNovember 30, 2012 Preliminary salmon returns to the Campbell/Quinsam Rivers system show chinook and coho numbers to be about the same as last two years.Meanwhile pink returns were three times better than 2011 while the chum run was listed as "fair." The preliminary estimates come from what is called the Key Stream Deadpitch and rack count programs.Chinook returns to the Campbell were Read More…

In the Mekong, it’s dam if you do, dam if you don’t

AlertNetBy Thin Lei-WinNovember 29, 2012Sompong Viengchan is shown standing in front of a long, narrow concrete water channel on a steep slope beside the Pak Mun hydropower dam in northern Thailand, on a tributary of the Mekong River.The concrete fish ladder was built as an afterthought when environmentalists’ warnings about the dam’s impact on fish migration proved accurate, and formerly Read More…

Research team analyzes peptides from fish gills to engineer…

PhysOrgNovember 29, 2012Living in an environment teaming with bacteria and fungi, fish have evolved powerful defenses against waterborne pathogens, including antimicrobial peptides located in their gills. Undergraduate researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are studying the biology and the mechanics of one of those peptides with the hope they can use that knowledge to create Read More…

Low snow years on rise in North America

Sierra SunBy Adam JensenNovember 28, 2012Predicting how much snow will fall at Lake Tahoe is a long-held pastime of skiers, professional weather watchers, resort operators and barstool meteorologists alike.And the safe bet for precipitation pundits in coming years may be the under, according to a recently published study looking at the likelihood of high and low snowfall seasons on a warming Read More…