Reports about further environmental damage along the Mekong River

Travel Daily NewsBy Luc CitrinotJune 29, 2012NGO International Rivers reported in its yesterday edition that controversial construction work goes unabated along the Mekong River with possible irremediable damage for the environment and the ecosystem. And this time the blame is put on Thailand and not on China. The latter is already in the midst of polemics due to a dam construction in the Upper Read More…

Controversial quota system results in fewer fish being discarded at…

The Seattle TimesBy Hal BerntonJune 30, 2012On a blustery afternoon off the Southwest Washington coast, skipper Kevin Dunn hauls up a net from the ocean bottom and dumps a pungent potpourri of black cod, Dover sole, rockfish and other sea life onto the deck.Two deckhands sort, store and ice more than 3,000 pounds of fish that will be brought back to a shoreside processor. Meanwhile, a biologist Read More…

20 years later, cod recovery off Newfoundland finally evident

CTV NewsJune 30, 2012 Twenty years after Ottawa shut down Newfoundland's once-thriving northern cod fishery, a growing number of scientists, fishermen and environmentalists say there are signs the fish are finally coming back. George Rose, director of the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research at Memorial University in St. John's, said recent research indicates the cod are living longer and Read More…

Report shows bycatch in US fisheries

Anchorage Daily NewsBy Lane WelchJune 30, 2012A first-ever accounting of bycatch in U.S. fisheries has been achieved by federal scientists in a user-friendly report that aims to set a baseline for the accidental takes of fish, marine mammals, seabirds and other creatures by fishing gear.The National Bycatch Report, based primarily on 2005 data, shows fish landings and estimated bycatch ratios of Read More…

Fisheries agency detects fewer infringements over bluefin tuna

FISBy Analia MuriasJune 29, 2012From early 2012 to date, the Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA) found 32 possible breaches of bluefin tuna fisheries that could lead to sanctions.The executive director of the Agency, Pascal Savouret, explained that the agency "is not responsible for the enforcement of the rule but it is the responsibility of the Member States to investigate these cases in Read More…

Forage fish get protection in east coast

FISJune 29, 2012Peter Baker, director of northeast fisheries programmes for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to the New England Fishery Management Council’s (NEFMC) vote to approve plans that could help prevent the decline of river herring populations by regulating massive trawl vessels in the Atlantic Ocean. The action followed last week’s decision by the Read More…

Biologists look to ocean for clues in Alaska king salmon collapse

Alaska DispatchBy Craig MedredJune 28, 2012What scientists know about the working of the ecosystem beneath the storm-swept waters of Alaska is a lot and almost nothing. Because for all that is known, no one has a clue as to the latest fishery mystery that has so many in the 49th state talking: Where have all the king salmon gone?"Gone to graveyards everyone," to quote the old song "Where Have All Read More…

Northwest sees record returns of sockeye salmon

Statesman JournalJuly 1, 2012Record numbers of a once-waning population of sockeye salmon have been returning to the Northwest’s Columbia Basin this summer, with thousands more crossing the river’s dams in a single day than the total numbers seen in some previous years.Since Bonneville Dam outside Portland was built in 1938, there have been plenty of times there weren’t 38,000 sockeye Read More…

San Joaquin River restoration will cost $900m

The Fresno BeeBy Mark GrossiJune 30, 2012On the flat west-Valley prairie, the San Joaquin River looks like any other irrigation ditch amid tomato, garlic and onion fields -- except that this ditch has a $900 million future.The federal government has finally attached that price tag to the historic remake of this river, aimed at reconnecting it to the Pacific Ocean and restarting long-dead salmon Read More…

Commercial shad harvest with experimental gear approved

The Columbia Basin BulletinJune 29, 2012In between summertime fishing seasons this year for chinook and sockeye salmon, steelhead and other fish stocks, tribal fishermen could well be setting their sights on American shad, a non-native species that also heads up the Columbia River system each year to spawn. The Columbia River Compact last week approved a tribal request that commercial fishing be Read More…