WWF to finance sustainable fisheries

Fish News EUJuly 2, 2012Twenty years after a moratorium was imposed on the cod fishery off Newfoundland’s coast, WWF has introduced an innovative model designed to help finance the recovery and future sustainability of fisheries.The organisation recently published a document detailing the establishment of a Financial Institution for the Recovery of Marine Ecosystems (FIRME) as a full-scale Read More…

W. Wash. tribes say tribal fishing rights at risk

CBS NewsJuly 2, 2012More than 150 years ago, American Indian tribes in western Washington ceded much of the state to the federal government in return for guarantees of salmon and other fishing rights.Now, those tribes say their treaty rights with the U.S. are at risk because the region is losing habitat that salmon need to survive. They say their treaty rights won't mean much if there's no salmon Read More…

Video of harming green sturgeon may cause changes

The San Francisco ChronicleBy Tom StienstraJuly 1, 2012Videos on YouTube that show a group of outlaw fishermen harming a protected green sturgeon they caught will probably lead to a $7.50 fishing fee and a new set of regulations.The videos show a group, night fishing from a boat, land a large protected green sturgeon, use a snare that can harm it, then mishandle the fish on the boat, keep it out Read More…

Research details impacts of low-elevation irrigation diversion dams…

The Columbia Basin BulletinJune 29, 2012Increased flows, lower temperatures and “outright removal of barriers” like irrigation diversion dams would dramatically increase the passage and, thereby, the survival of Pacific lamprey in the Umatilla River, according to a paper published in June in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. The article – “Low-Elevation Dams are Read More…

New Central Valley flood protection plan backs trees on levees

The Sacramento BeeBy Matt WeiserJune 30, 2012A new flood protection plan approved Friday for California's Central Valley takes a firm stand against a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers policy that could require trees and shrubs to be stripped from levees in the region.The new Central Valley Flood Protection Plan calls for improvements over several decades that are estimated to cost $17 billion. It Read More…

Record June rainfall forces big spill releases at Libby Dam

The Columbia Basin BulletinJune 29, 2012The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ramped up flows from Libby Dam even higher to prevent Lake Koocanusa from reaching full pool, but the higher flows continue to cause flooding at Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The dam has been releasing water at powerhouse capacity of 25,000 cubic per second, but flows from its spillway and sluice gates were increased from Read More…

Central Valley flood protection plan approved

The Sacramento BeeBy Matt WeiserJune 29, 2012A new flood protection plan approved Friday for California's Central Valley takes a firm stand against rules by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that could require all trees and shrubs to be stripped from levees in the region.The new Central Valley Flood Protection Plan will guide regional flood-safety improvements for the forseeable future and must be Read More…

High bacteria levels in WA waters, not found in OR, ID

OPBJune 28, 2012Environmental regulators have detected high levels of fecal coliform in one of the Northwest’s most important areas for growing food.Fecal coliform can come from sources like sewer connections and livestock manure that washes into streams. The bacteria have become a yearly occurrence in 13 water bodies in central Washington’s Yakima Valley. In farmland, it’s made worse by Read More…

Cambodian villagers protest controversial Laos dam

ReutersBy Prak Chan ThulJune 29, 2012Cambodian villagers demonstrated on Friday against a controversial Lao hydropower dam that activists say is being built in defiance of an agreement to assess its potentially damaging impact on millions of people first.About 200 villagers whose livelihoods depend on the Mekong River urged a halt to the Thai-led construction of the $3.5 billion Xayaburi dam, Read More…

Xayaburi Dam construction defies moratorium

The Asia SentinelJune 29, 2012Despite the opposition of three governments and an array of environmentalists and public service groups from across the planet, the Xayaburi Dam, deep inside the mountains of northern Laos on the lower Mekong River, appears to be almost unstoppable. The Thai energy company Ch. Karnchang is said to be pressing ahead with the dam, to be built to supply electricity to Read More…