Living Irrawaddy Dolphin Project puts sustainability at heart of…

TTG Asia – Myanmar-based social enterprise Living Irrawaddy Dolphin Project is aiming to rekindle age-old relationships between fishermen and dolphins while adding to Mandalay’s attractions. Since launching at the end of 2017, Living Irrawaddy has developed a series of one- to three-day itineraries that immerse guests into Myanmar’s rich culture and deliver authentic experiences Read More…

Flows and Ecosystem Function Dominate Delta Plan Amendment

SF Estuary Magazine – With the Delta lagging behind the Bay on four of the State of the Estuary Report’s five indicators, the last long-range plan for restoring its ecological health abandoned, and the threats from climate change becoming ever more alarming, the need for a new regulatory vision for the region may never have been greater. A pending amendment to the Delta Plan, shared by Ron Read More…

The story of five spawning salmon

Juneau Empire – Standing next to “Colossal,” one of the beaver dams in the Dredge Lakes area, it’s not hard to imagine how difficult it is for coho salmon to traverse. The dam barricades off all but a narrow strip of a slough east of Dredge Lake, where water passes over a two-foot-high waterfall. Dams act as both a positive and negative for coho salmon, which swim through the middle Read More…

Mekong River region on more minds

Bankok Post – As Vietnam is poised to take over the rotational chair of Asean in January 2020, its second foremost foreign policy priority after the South China Sea is reportedly the Mekong River region. While the South China Sea, where more than one third of global shipping passes, is considered an overall Asean concern, the Mekong region is left to the five riparian countries in mainland Read More…

Endangered fish found only in Utah Lake to be reclassified as…

Daily Herald – The June sucker, a fish native only to Utah Valley, will likely be removed from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species list and be reclassified as threatened, a significant step for a species whose total population dipped to as low as 300 two decades ago. The grey, marble-eyed fish is only found in Utah Lake and its water sources, which include Read More…

A new dawn for aquaculture in the Pacific Northwest

Sea West News – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes that 90 percent of the world’s fisheries are at capacity or have been overfished.  By the year 2030—a mere decade away—the world population will reach 8.3 billion. That’s 8.3 billion mouths to feed with a decreasing amount of arable land for agriculture. Around the world, countries like Norway, Read More…

California Urged to Rethink 40 Years of ‘Piecemeal’ Freshwater…

Courthouse News Service – When wet weather mercifully returned to California in 2017, it not only stabilized a booming farming economy and pulled millions of residents from drought – it also staved off an extinction event brewing in the state’s majestic snow-fed rivers. Ultimately the drought had relatively minor impacts on most urban Californians who suddenly had to do things like Read More…

Microplastics a million times more abundant in the ocean than…

Scripps – Nothing seems safe from plastic contamination. It is pulled from the nostrils of sea turtles, found in Antarctic waters and buried in the fossil record. But a new study by researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego suggests there could be a million times more pieces of plastic in the ocean than previously estimated. Biological Read More…

Conservation groups challenge U.S. Army, USFWS over harm to San Pedro…

AZ Public Media – Three conservation groups have filed a notice to sue the U.S. Army and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for what they allege is a failure to protect the San Pedro River. The Center for Biological Diversity, Maricopa Audubon Society and the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club's filed the notice on Tuesday. The lawsuit challenges the approval Fish and Wildlife Service Read More…

Myanmar fish resources fall sharply in past 38 years: research

Myanmar Times – Fish inhabiting the surface waters of Myanmar declined by about 80 percent between 1980 and 2018 and there was a steep drop in commercially important fish on the seabed, according to joint research by Myanmar and Norwegian scientists. The study, carried out by the Norwegian-operated research vessel RV Dr. Fridtjof Nansen in cooperation with Myanmar fishery Read More…