Scientists and sport fishers team up to gather data on fisheries.

Monterey County Now – It’s 6:25am. The smell of coffee and diesel fill the air. Anglers and scientists chat on the deck of Monterey sportfishing vessel New Horizon, laughing as they greet each other like old friends, and many of them are. The sun rises, casting hues of violet and peach on faces eager for a day of world-class fishing. But today, every fish will be returned to the sea. Read More…

State Water Contractors provide over $7 million in funding for the…

State Water Contractors – The State Water Contractors (SWC) provided $7.7 million for the Tule Red Tidal Restoration Project, completed today with the breach of the levees in the Southern Suisun Marsh. The Project – one of the most significant tidal restoration projects in California’s recent history – allows tidal water to flow naturally through this region of the Sacramento-San Read More…

Sawfish numbers in global stronghold are dropping, prompting calls…

The Guardian – Numbers of endangered sawfish in one of their most globally important strongholds are dropping, with conservationists calling for rules that will cut the numbers of animals being caught in commercial fishing nets in north Queensland. In September, a two-week private expedition to monitor and tag sawfish in the Norman River, Queensland, returned without finding a single Read More…

Fish Rescue Led By Irrigation Districts and Conservation Groups Had…

KBDN – A fish rescue on the Deschutes River this past weekend organized by the Irrigation Districts and several conservation groups had mixed results after several pools dried out faster than anyone predicted. Some fish were successfully transported into the main channel but one pool near Lava Island dried out and left several thousand fish dead. Dr. Michael Tripp, a spokeperson for Read More…

A fish mystery solved using genetic testing

KTUU – The population of cod in the Northern Bering Sea has increased immensely since 2010, and scientists are using fish DNA to find out why. Think of it like a genetic ancestry test, but for fish. Until recently, pacific cod were rarely found in the Northern Bering Sea. A 2010 survey showed cod made up only three percent of the entire fish population. That's been changing, fast. A Read More…

Tide to Table: The Rise of Ocean Farmers

NOAA Fisheries – There is a growing interest in understanding where our food is coming from and in supporting local farmers. There has also been an increased focus on local fare on many menus at eateries coast to coast. In fact, the once-obscure term “locavore” is now in the dictionary and is a highlighted feature on menus. When thinking about farm-to-fork many envision rolling hills, Read More…

State requirements face off with federal law in a recent decision…

Santa Maria Sun – For more than 20 years, California pondered what to do about steelhead in the Santa Ynez River. On Sept. 17, the State Water Resources Control Board finally made a decision. It voted to pass an order that will increase water releases from Lake Cachuma. Since at least 1998, a handful of local, state, and federal agencies and environmentalists have deliberated just what Read More…

Armoured scales that protect huge Amazonian fish from piranhas reveal…

Chemistry World – The scales of Arapaima gigas – one of the largest freshwater fish on Earth – have been revealed to be one of the toughest flexible materials found in nature. The discovery by a team of researchers based in California points to a way of improving lightweight armour. However, shortcomings in 3D printing means that scaly bulletproof vests may be a while off Read More…

New study shows coral reef fish do not mind 3D-printed corals

University of Delaware – Natural disasters such as hurricanes often leave devastation in their wake. Residents living in affected areas are sometimes displaced or require temporary shelter while their homes — or even neighborhoods — are repaired or rebuilt. But what if you are a fish and your home is a coral reef? Researchers across the globe are searching for ways to help Read More…

State Water Officials To Vote On Valley-Wide Plan To Reduce Nitrate…

KVPR – Later this week, the State Water Resources Control Board will vote on a long-anticipated plan to reduce some of the pollutants flowing into Central Valley water. However, not everyone agrees on the details. The program is called Central Valley Salinity Alternatives for Long-Term Sustainability, or CV-SALTS. It aims to provide cleaner water for drinking and irrigation by reducing Read More…