How lamprey get over Bonneville Dam

OPB EcotropeBy Cassandra ProfitaJune 21, 2012Awhile back, I shared a video on Facebook of the relatively new lamprey passage system at Bonneville Dam taken by Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission President Paul Lumley on his iPhone. “Cool!” I thought. “I didn’t know Bonneville had a lamprey passage system!”One of my followers commented that the video could use some narration. So, Read More…

New hatchery aims to boost Snake River’s sockeye production

Magic Valley TimesJune 21, 2012A new hatchery near Springfield in southeastern Idaho means up to a five-fold increase in the capacity of the sockeye recovery program that has kept Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction.The Northwest Power and Conservation Council recently recommended construction of a $13.5 million hatchery to boost production of Snake River sockeye, listed as an endangered Read More…

Spring Chinook numbers lower than expected

OPB NewsJune 21, 2012You might remember predictions of really high spring chinook runs this year. But, it turns outs, after all the returning salmon were tallied up, the numbers were not as high as everyone had hoped.Biologists had predicted the Columbia River would see one of the stronger spring salmon runs in the past decade. Similarly big expectations were set for returning salmon numbers in Read More…

Biololgist Steve Hayes: “the run is not looking good”

Alaska Native NewsBy GW RastopsoffJune 20, 2012Those words from Alaska Department of Fish and Game Biologist Steve Hayes on his observation of the Yukon River King Salmon run bode ill for subsistence fishermen on the river.This year's escapement of Kings on the Yukon was predicted to be between 109,000 and 146,000. The escapement of 4,500 so far through the sonar counter at Pilot Station is a far Read More…

Laos optimistic on Xayaburi despite stumbling blocks

Bangkok PostBy Nareerat WiriyapongJune 21, 2012The Lao government remains optimistic the construction of the Xayaburi hydroelectric dam on the Mekong River can begin at the end of this year's rainy season and be completed by 2020.Xaypaseuth Phomsoupha, the director-general of Laos's Energy and Mines Ministry, said two separate reports from independent consultants found the US$3.8-billion project Read More…

Resettled Laotians have power supply

Radio Free AsiaBy Parameswaran PonnuduraiJune 19, 2012The World Bank refutes a report which said that some of the villagers who were resettled to make way for the Nam Theun 2 project have no electricity.All the villagers who were resettled to make way for Nam Theun 2, Laos’s largest hydroelectric dam, have received electricity supply, the World bank said Monday, rejecting a report that some of Read More…

Traceability to stop illegal fishing

World Fishing & AquacultureJune 20, 2012More than 100 participants from the Asia-Pacific region recently discussed the importance of applying seafood traceability as a way of fighting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.The challenge of IUU was discussed at the opening of the second Coral Triangle Fishers Forum. Illegal fishing puts million of tonnes of fish stocks and millions Read More…

The bottom line: bluefin tuna need you now

National GeographicBy Lee CrockettJune 20, 2012In the Gulf of Mexico, surface longlines intended to catch yellowfin tuna and swordfish indiscriminately catch and kill more than 80 other species of ocean wildlife, including severely depleted western Atlantic bluefin tuna. This species is particularly at risk: Scientific studies have identified it as a distinct population (as compared to eastern Read More…

SFP releases latest sustainability overview of fishmeal and fish oil

FISBy Natalia RealJune 20, 2012The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) this week unveiled its annual sustainability overview of fisheries used for fishmeal and fish oil. The overview (previously called the “Reduction Fisheries League Table”) covers the 28 main reduction fisheries around the Atlantic and South America rated according to the sustainability assessment presented on the Read More…

California’s selenium time bomb keeps ticking

Huffington PostBy Glen MartinJune 20, 2012Jon Stewart ran a typically risible segment last week about a distinctly unfunny story: the discovery of a two-headed trout in an Idaho watershed, the result of selenium contamination from phosphate mining operations by the J.R. Simplot Co. The bit reprises, in a far funnier way, an earlier New York Times piece on the issue by Leslie Kaufman. A Read More…