The bite is on! fishing for salmon off California coast is best in…

CDFG NewsJuly 18, 2012If your fishing gear has been in the garage collecting dust, now’s the time to pull it out because the salmon are here, and the bite is on! Anglers and sport-fishing charters off the California coast are returning to the docks with full boats and happy customers as the strong ocean salmon bite continues, making 2012 one of the best salmon seasons in years.Mild weather and Read More…

Central Valley’s ecological state studied

The Modesto BeeBy Nan AustinJuly 18, 2012Central Valley leaders need to plan better and work together on land and water use to improve the quality of life here, a study of California's ag-centered interior concludes.For "The State of the Great Central Valley" report on the environment, released Wednesday, changes over five years were analyzed by researchers at the Great Valley Center, based in Read More…

Study explores potential of spatial planning to manage fisheries

FIS By Natalia RealJuly 19, 2012Researchers are trying to determine the best ways to use and refine spatial planning including marine protected areas (MPAs) to manage fisheries and other ocean resources.A new paper published in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this month describes research conducted by a team headed by University of California, Santa Read More…

CFIA launches BC project to study salmon diseases

FIS July 19, 2012The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has begun collecting and testing wild salmon off the coast of British Columbia (BC) to determine the status of three salmon diseases: infectious haematopoietic necrosis (IHN), infectious pancreatic necrosis and infectious salmon anaemia (ISA).While all three diseases are no risk to human health, they are highly contagious and can cause Read More…

Can adding iron to oceans slow global warming?

NPRBy Richard HarrisJuly 18, 2012A noted oceanographer once quipped that if you gave him a tanker half-filled with iron, he could give you an ice age. He was only half-joking.Adding iron to the ocean can cause blooms of algae, which have the potential to take huge amounts of carbon dioxide out of the air and by so doing, cool the planet. And a report in Nature magazine now offers some support for Read More…

Plan to release more water from Trinity dam; officials hope to avoid…

The Times-StandardBy Grant Scott-GoforthJuly 18, 2012A plan has been drafted to increase water flow from the Trinity River dam in order to prevent a repeat of the massive fish kill on the Klamath and Trinity rivers that occurred in 2002.The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation issued a draft environmental assessment and a draft finding of no significant impact suggesting that it allocate 48,000 acre feet Read More…

Poor run of king salmon shuts down Alaska’s premier Kenai River…

The RepublicBy Mary PembertonJuly 18, 2012The Kenai River should be crowded in July with sport fishermen willing to spend big on once-in-a-lifetime guided trips in hopes of catching a trophy Alaska king salmon.But the river, considered by many to be Alaska's premier salmon river, is being placed off-limits to sport king fishing because so few kings are returning to the river. The closure Read More…

Divvying up California’s water

Los Angeles TimesJuly 18, 2012The lush San Joaquin Valley of literature is dotted with orange groves, grape vines and dairy farms. It runs west from the Sierra foothills and has as its spine U.S. 99, as much a Mother Road for California's heartland as is Route 66 for the wider West. This region was planted and began to bloom on the strength of snowmelt and a high water table in the sponge-like Read More…

Northwest ‘Salmon People’ face future without fish

PBS NewsBy Katie Campbell and Saskia De MelkerJuly 18, 2012Billy Frank, Jr. was 14 the first time he was arrested for fishing.It was 1945, and he was on the Nisqually River in Washington state. Frank and other members of Washington's Nisqually tribe were holding "fish-ins" as part of a civil disobedience campaign, protesting the violation of fishing rights guaranteed to them by treaties between Read More…

Alaska seeking federal disaster declaration for Chinook salmon…

Alaska PublicJuly 17, 2012Gov. Sean Parnell is seeking a federal disaster declaration for the Chinook salmon fisheries on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers.In a letter to Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank Saturday, Parnell noted the troubling low salmon runs. He says the fisheries are critical to residents in the region. Many rely on money earned from even small commercial fisheries Read More…