Shasta River, once perfect for salmon

Two Rivers TribuneBy Malcom TerenceJune 18, 2012Even though the Scott and the Shasta rivers often end up conflated in the same campaign slogans, they are very different in the perspective of biologist Toz Soto of the Karuk Fisheries Program.Soto delivered one of three presentations in Orleans at the Mid Klamath Watershed Council on salmon survival. One of the other two explained MKWC’s Read More…

Research buoys will pay off

Anchorage Daily NewsBy Laine welchJune 16 2012Thanks to a nearly $3 million show of support from the state, high tech buoys will soon be measuring ocean acidity levels year round, and Alaska fishermen will play an important role in the research.Basic chemistry proves that ocean waters are becoming more corrosive and it is happening faster in colder waters. The acidity, caused by increasing carbon Read More…

Barged smolts don’t suffer from transport, issue is ‘accelerated…

The Columbia Basin BulletinJune 15, 2012Juvenile salmon collected at dams and transported down through the Columbia-Snake hydro system aboard barges show no ill effects from that conveyance, according to a research paper published this week. “Transported” fish survived as well as in-river migrants during the first month after they exit the Columbia River freshwater system, according Read More…

President of ICTP urges Mekong region to instill green growth now

eTNJune 15, 2012Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP), told delegates from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar that while the projections showed that they will remain one of the fastest-growing regions for tourists in the world for some time to come, they should put in place strong green growth strategies now to get lasting Read More…

Hydropower with a shrinking snowpack

KQED NewsBy Craig MillerJune 17, 2012While much is uncertain about California’s warming climate, there is little doubt that it’s already changing the fundamentals of how most of us get our water. In fact, the Bureau of Reclamation has estimated that the Sierra snowpack could be reduced by half as soon as a decade from now.And that has some far-reaching implications that could even show up on Read More…

Redding considers settlement tied to spills into Sacramento River

The Record SearchlightBy Jenny EspinoJune 16, 2012Redding leaders are looking to settle fines, at a cost of more than $1 million, for releasing pollutants into the Sacramento River, mostly during torrential rains in March 2011.A proposal to pay a $225,000 fine and establish an $800,000 program to replace some older sewer lines goes to the City Council on Tuesday. State water regulators will Read More…

Overfishing continues in Pacific tuna fishery

Global TimesJune 17, 2012Overfishing of bigeye tuna continues in the western and central Pacific tuna fishery, the world's biggest, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) said on Sunday.The SPC made the assessment in a report released at the first plenary session of the third African Caribbean Pacific fisheries meeting currently underway in Fiji's western tourist town of Nadi. Though the Read More…

Acidifying ocean threatens California coast

WiredBy Robert F. ServiceJune 15, 2012Humanity’s use of fossil fuels sends 35 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. That has already begun to change the fundamental chemistry of the world’s oceans, steadily making them more acidic. Now, a new high-resolution computer model reveals that over the next four decades, rising ocean acidity will likely have profound Read More…

Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue finalises global standards

FISBy Natalia RealJune 14, 2012The Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue this week announced the completion of global standards for salmon farming. The standards will be given to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) to oversee the certification of farms.“We are faced with the challenge of feeding 7 billion people on a finite planet with limited resources. To succeed, food production systems have to Read More…

Experts lament poor ocean progress in 20 years

Mother Nature NetworkJune 14, 2012World governments have made little progress in the past 20 years when it comes to their pledges to protect marine life and reduce overfishing, experts said on June 14. With ocean health among the top 10 issues at the Rio 20 summit on sustainable development June 20-22, international experts called for concrete action to avoid "empty ocean Read More…