Copper in water makes salmon vulnerable

United Press InternationalJuly 10, 2012 Copper pollution in water can affect salmon, interfering with their sense of smell that normally warns of a predator's presence, a U.S. researcher says. Jenifer McIntyre at Washington State University found tiny amounts of copper from brake linings and mining operations finding its way into waterways affects the fishes' sense of smell so much they can't Read More…

A New Way to Track Fish

New York TimesBy Kelly SlivkaJuly 10, 2012 Researchers have trouble tracking any animal in the ocean, but some are harder to track than others. The tags must be able to send a message back to a receiver telling it: “I’m here! I’m here!” Tracking a marine mammal (a seal, for example) by tagging it works well because it breathes air. The animal must come to the surface of the ocean, Read More…

Farmed Fish To Exceed Wild Fish In Human Consumption By 2018

Huffington PostBy Svetlana KovalyovaJuly 9, 2012 Aquaculture output is expected to rise 33 percent over the next decade helping to meet the world's growing demand for fish as healthy and nutritious food gains popularity while fishing stagnates, the United Nations' food agency said on Monday. World fisheries and aquaculture production is projected to rise to about 172 million tonnes in 2021, 15 Read More…

Alaska Salmon Fishery Re-Enters Assessment for Third Certification

The Fish SiteJuly 9, 2012 The MSC received notice of a signed contract between the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association (PSVOA) and Intertek Moody Marine (IMM), the certification body that will conduct an independent, third-party assessment of the entire Alaska salmon fishery against the MSC standard. The Alaska salmon fishery is seeking its third, five-year MSC certification and, if Read More…

Hopes rise around Alaska with late bump of king salmon

Alaska DispatchBy Mike CampbellJuly 8, 2012 For most of the 2012 fishing season, good news about Alaska king salmon has been as rare as a 90-pound whopper. But finally, there is a shred of optimism. • The Deshka River, one of the biggest king producers in Southcentral Alaska, reached its minimum escapement goal of 13,000 fish on Saturday when 226 kings passed weir. That marks the third Read More…

Best year for salmon fishing

ABC 7 NewsBy Mark MatthewsJuly 6, 2012 Bay Area salmon fisherman are seeing the biggest catch in a decade. There are so many fish coming into San Francisco that the wholesale price has been cut in half. Pier 45 on Fisherman's Wharf is where commercial fisherman come to unload their salmon, and they are unloading more salmon than this pier has seen in many years. The fisherman owned co op, Read More…

New Tests Find Toxic Chemicals In Columbia River Fish

Oregon Public BroadcastingBy Vince PattonJuly 6, 2012 New tests show one of the most popular sport fish on Columbia also contain high contamination levels. Bass carry elevated quantities of a variety of toxic chemicals. Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality's first comprehensive tests on the mid-Columbia from Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam found particularly high contamination Read More…

Central Valley Salmon Season Opens July 16

CDFG NewsJuly 6, 2012 The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is announcing fishing regulations for the 2012 salmon season on the Sacramento, Feather, American and Mokelumne rivers. The regulations are effective Monday, July 16. The California Fish and Game Commission adopts yearly regulations to help ensure the health of fish populations and give anglers an opportunity to enjoy Read More…

Laos’ work on the Mekong river draws criticism

BBC NewsBy Jonah FisherJuly 3, 2012In a dusty gorge deep in landlocked Laos, work is underway on a project that could change South-East Asia forever.Despite the protests of countries downstream and the warnings of scientists, a construction company has begun building the first dam across the lower reaches of one of the world's great rivers. Officially the Lao government says it has not decided Read More…

California lawmakers likely to vote to postpone $11 billion water…

SCPRBy Julie SmallJul 3, 2012California state lawmakers are expected to vote this week to postpone a multi-billion-dollar water bond slated to be on the November ballot.This would be the second time lawmakers took the $11 billion water bond off the table. They first planned to put it on the 2010 ballot, but postponed it until this year when lawmakers were afraid voters would reject spending cash Read More…