Volunteers monitoring for toxic algae on the Eel River

The Times-StandardAugust 13, 2012Members of the Eel River Recovery Project are monitoring conditions on the Van Duzen River, South Fork Eel River and lower Eel River to see whether a toxic algae bloom will occur this year, causing public health concerns.Blue-green algae blooms can be toxic to humans and animals, according to a press release. The algae can create neurotoxins that are almost Read More…

Beavers could improve Scottish salmon stocks

FISAugust 13, 2012Reintroduced European beavers could have an overall positive impact on wild salmon populations in Scotland, according to a study by the University of Southampton.Representatives of recreational fisheries interests north and south of the border are concerned that beavers can harm economically important fish stocks due to their dam building activities and potential to block Read More…

As consultant distances itself, cracks appear in Laos’ portrayal of…

International RiversBy Kirk HerbertsonAugust 9, 2012 After only a few weeks, Laos’ effort to paint the Xayaburi Dam as an environmentally responsible project is falling apart. On July 16, the Lao government announced that it would continue construction on the dam, despite ongoing opposition from neighboring governments. Cambodia and Vietnam continue to express concerns that the project poses Read More…

Managing the Pacific fishery: Catch share system recasts commercial…

The OregonianBy William StelleAugust 11, 2012Early last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration changed the way it manages West Coast trawl fishing. The new way is called catch shares. It's arguably the biggest transformation in managing fishing since foreign fleets were restricted from American waters in the late 1970s. The new rules, more than eight years in the making, are Read More…

Bluefin tuna quota set for the first time in Eastern Pacific

FISBy Natalia RealAugust 10, 2012The catch quota for bluefin tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean was set for the first time at the annual meeting of the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) held in June in the US at 10,000 tonnes total over 2012 and 2013. The quota is not expected to affect fishers adversely.“The catch quota, if it is once set, possibly leads into the declining trend Read More…

Huge investment to adapt fishing industry to climate change

FISBy Analia MuriasAugust 10, 2012The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is considering to invest USD 10 million to co-finance the implementation of a project to adapt the fishing industry to climate change from 2013.The head of the IDB Division of Climate Change and Sustainability, Walter Vergara, believes this initiative will contribute to obtaining scientific information about the change in Read More…

Rule of thumb guides consumers seeking healthy seafood

FISAugust 9, 2012When ordering seafood, the options are many and so are some of the things you might consider in what you order. Is your fish healthy? Is it safe? Is it endangered? While there are many services and rankings offered to help you decide -- there's even an iPhone app -- a group of researchers have found a simple rule of thumb applies."If the fish is sustainable, then it is likely to Read More…

Snake River sockeye broodstock program preserving population’s…

The Columbia Basin BulletinAugust 10, 2012 A recently published scientific research paper says the ongoing broodstock mixing system, which started with just a handful of fish, has managed quite well to preserve the genetic diversity of a Snake River sockeye salmon population that teetered on the brink of extinction in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The research article – “Genetic diversity Read More…

Klamath River to receive more Trinity River reservoir water

The Times-StandardAugust 10, 2012The Bureau of Reclamation is planning to release additional water Monday from the Trinity River reservoir to supplement flows in the lower Klamath River.Releases from Lewiston Dam will begin in the early morning hours Monday and end the last week of September, according to today's Bureau of Reclamation press release. Additional water is being released to help Read More…

Here’s where farms are sucking the planet dry

NPRBy Dan CharlesAugust 8, 2012This map is disturbing, once you understand it. It's a new attempt to visualize an old problem — the shrinking of underground water reserves, in most cases because farmers are pumping out water to irrigate their crops.The map itself isn't hard to grasp. The colored areas show the world's largest aquifers — areas which hold deposits of groundwater. The blue ones Read More…