State Report Says Salmon and Steelhead Are Near the Brink of…

The Daily Chronicle — A new report from the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office shows a number of salmon and steelhead populations in Washington state are teetering on the brink of extinction, according to a Thursday press release by the state Recreation and Conservation Office. The report, titled ‘State of Salmon in Watersheds,’ shows that 10 of the 14 populations of salmon and steelhead Read More…

Anglers Remove More Than 100,000 Pikeminnow From Rivers During…

The Daily Chronicle — For the 23rd consecutive year, the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program met its annual goal to remove 10-20 percent of pikeminnow, 9 inches or longer, in the Columbia and Snake rivers. Northern pikeminnow, which average 8 to 12 inches in length, eat millions of salmon and steelhead juveniles each year in the Columbia and Snake rivers. When juvenile salmon are  Read More…

B.C.’s Upper Columbia sturgeon endure long battle with local…

Toronto Star — There are no guarantees for the survival of white sturgeon on the upper Columbia but there’s’ still hope. The population is dangerously low, but it’s stable enough to have staved off extirpation, giving researchers time to solvethe puzzle of why many of these prehistoric fish are dying before they can reproduce. The current estimate for the Canadian portion of the Read More…

Scientists Just Discovered 3 New Kinds of Carnivorous Sponge in The…

Science Alert — Even though we know the deep sea is weird, 'carnivorous sea sponges' still sound like something from a sci-fi movie. And yet, researchers just announced the discovery of three new such species off the coast of Australia. Go a few hundred metres deep into the ocean, and it starts to look like you're in a whole new world: From a creature that looks like a sea star crossed Read More…

Oceans absorbing 10 atomic bombs worth of heat every second

The New Daily — The world’s oceans absorbed 20 sextillion joules of heat due to climate change in 2020 and warmed to record levels, a study has found. That quantity – expressed numerically as 20,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 joules – is equivalent to the energy from 10 Hiroshima atomic bombs being released every second of the year. Report co-author Kevin Trenberth, from the US National Read More…

The Ongoing Collapse of the World’s Aquifers

Wired — As California's economy skyrocketed during the 20th century, its land headed in the opposite direction. A booming agricultural industry in the state’s San Joaquin Valley, combined with punishing droughts, led to the over-extraction of water from aquifers. Like huge, empty water bottles, the aquifers crumpled, a phenomenon geologists call subsidence. By 1970, the land had sunk as Read More…

Algal Communities Locked in a Simplified State by Ocean Acidification

Technology Networks — Out with the old, in with the new, as the New Year's saying goes, but not where the marine environment is concerned. Researchers from Japan have discovered that ocean acidification keeps algal communities locked in a simplified state of low biodiversity. In a study published on 11th January 2021 in Global Change Biology, researchers from the University of Tsukuba Read More…

Chinook Salmon Are Able to Ascend Upper Auburn Ravine to Spawn

Daily Kos — Chinook salmon have always spawned in Auburn Ravine Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River in Northern California northeast of Sacramento, but biologists have been uncertain if salmon could get past the Chaparral Cascades. “As a result, some people have flatly stated that those cascades are a total barrier to upstream migration,” reported Friends of Auburn Ravine in Read More…

Work group’s final report offers no solid fish recovery…

The Challis Messenger — A group brought together by Idaho Gov. Brad Little to find ways to bolster faltering salmon and steelhead populations has agreed to encourage habitat restoration but avoided making a decision about breaching dams. The report by the Republican governor’s work group flatly states it’s not a recovery plan. Rather, it’s a list of recommendations approved Read More…

Costa Rican Tuna should be for Costa Rican Fishermen

The Costa Rica News — Costa Rica has a wealth of tuna in its seas like few other countries in the world. The problem is that most of this wealth is stolen from us by foreign ships using industrial fishing methods that are extremely harmful to the marine ecosystem. They rob us of economic resources at the same time that they generate environmental damage. And we say they steal those resources Read More…