Green groups hail proposal to scrap bottom trawling

FISBy Natalia RealJuly 23, 2012The European Commission (EC) proposed phasing out bottom trawling and bottom gillnetting among deep sea fishing fleets in the Northeast Atlantic over the next two years to help protect one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth. The Pew Environment Group praised EC Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki for the daring proposal. "We Read More…

European Commission proposes sustainability measures for make…

New EuropeBy Caitlin SreffenJuly 19, 2012The European Commission has proposed new measures to regulate fishing for deep-sea species in the Northeast Atlantic.According to the commission, deep-sea ecosystems are more vulnerable to human activity. The environment is fragile and hard to recover once damaged. Deep-sea fish stocks, which are highly vulnerable to fishing, collapse quickly and recover Read More…

Discovery of deadly salmon virus in freshwater fish puts pressure on…

Canada NewsBy Larry PynnJuly 19, 2012A virus linked to the death of farmed salmon has, for the first time, been found in B.C. freshwater fish — cutthroat trout in Cultus Lake — a research team reported Thursday.Researchers say the finding should spur the B.C. government, which is responsible for management of freshwater fish, to launch a thorough study to determine how widespread piscine Read More…

Calif., federal officials to reveal water plans

The San Francisco ChronicleBy Gosia WozniackaJuly 21, 2012California Gov. Jerry Brown is set to reignite the state's water wars when he makes the long-awaited announcement next week about plans to build a massive twin tunnel system to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities.Already the $23.7 billion proposal is facing heavy criticism. Opponents say the Read More…

British tourists reel in four-metre white sturgeon on B.C. river

The Canadian PressBy Vivian LukJuly 20, 2012Three years ago, British couple Michael and Margaret Snell travelled to the Vancouver area for a fishing trip and thought they hit the jackpot, reeling in a sturgeon that was 1.5 metres long.But that trophy pales in comparison to the massive fish the retired couple caught in the Fraser River during a return trip this week, hauling a white sturgeon out Read More…

The deal with the Delta

KQED NewsBy Matthew GreenJuly 20, 2012About two-thirds of Californians drink, bathe, brush their teeth, and flush their toilets with water that comes from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. That’s roughly 25 million people who get at least some portion of their hydration from one big triangular watering hole.But ask most folks what the Delta is, and you’re guaranteed to get a lot of blank Read More…

Cormorants consume 20 million salmonids, terns take 4.8 million

The Columbia Basin BulletinJuly 20, 2012The Caspian tern colony on the lower Columbia River estuary’s East Sand Island, the largest of its kind in the world, was smaller in 2011 than the previous year and was beset by a variety of disturbances, but the birds present still managed to eat a sizeable number of juvenile salmon and steelhead headed for the Pacific Ocean. And while the terns’ bite Read More…

Polluted waters: how clean is clean?

OPB NewsJuly 19, 2012A line of people snakes out the door of the food bank in the South Park neighborhood’s food bank.This is a community tucked in between a major highway and a bend in the Duwamish River. The people here this morning are mostly Asian and Hispanic. Even with the fresh produce, milk, bread and other provisions they’ll get, some of the people here also eat what they catch in Read More…

Post-Fukushima, Japan’s irradiated fish worry B.C. experts

StraightBy Alex RoslinJuly 19, 2012Are fish from the Pacific Ocean and Japanese coastal and inland waters safe to eat 16 months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster?Governments and many scientists say they are. But the largest collection of data on radiation in Japanese fish tells a very different story. In June, 56 percent of Japanese fish catches tested by the Japanese government were Read More…

Alaskans wonder where the king salmon have gone

Fox NewsJuly 19, 2012Alaskans again this summer are wondering: Where are the king salmon?Some of Alaska's largest and best rivers are closed to king fishing because state and federal fisheries managers have determined that the largest of the salmon species, also called Chinook, aren't showing up in enough numbers to ensure sustainable future runs.In western Alaska, people living in dozens of Read More…