Water providers file lawsuit to protect Central Valley Project

Glenn County Transcript — A coalition of water providers recently filed a lawsuit to protect the Central Valley Project and the farms, businesses, residents and wildlife refuges it serves in 17 counties, including Glenn.  “As California embarks on an unprecedented effort to rebuild our economy, we strongly encourage the state of California to recognize the importance of CVP water Read More…

Marine heatwaves will cripple salmon, cod and pollock at twice the…

KTOO — Over the last decade, two massive marine heatwaves, better known as “blobs” swept the North Pacific Ocean, raising surface temperatures more than 5 degrees Fahrenheit causing blooms of toxic algae and major die-offs in the ecosystem. A new study from the University of British Columbia reports that as these heatwaves continue, they may have far more devastating implications to Read More…

Eight Northwest salmon conservation projects receive funding for…

The Interior News — The Pacific Salmon Foundation is doling out $1.2 million in grants to 117 grassroots salmon projects in B.C., including $65,800 to eight projects in the Northwest. Michael Meneer, PSF President and CEO said the Community Salmon Program is the heart of the foundation’s work, and the funding announcement is especially significant this year in the midst of the COVID-19 Read More…

Big win for California salmon! Court blocks water diversion plan…

Red Green and Blue — According to a March 13 press release from the Golden State Salmon Association, “The ruling comes  in two cases, one brought by GSSA and allied groups and one brought by the state of California. Both seek to overturn excessive water diversions by the Bureau of Reclamation because of the extreme environmental damage they are causing. The ruling resolves a portion of a Read More…

Disaster funding granted to Gulf of Mexico fisheries hit by spillway…

SeafoodSource — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the allocation of USD 88 million (EUR 80.6 million) in disaster-relief funding to Gulf of Mexico fisheries in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi to counter the impacts of the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. The Bonnet Carre Spillway is a flood control system for the Lower Mississippi Valley, with its opening releasing Read More…

NOAA Fisheries: Alaska chinook harvest not to blame for killer whale…

KCAW — The National Marine Fisheries Service says shutting down Southeast Alaska’s king salmon season would contribute little to saving an endangered population of killer whales in Puget Sound. NOAA Fisheries filed a motion on May 11 in US District Court opposing a Washington state conservation group’s effort to block the summer troll and sportfishing season. The motion in Read More…

Fish feces reveals which species eat crown-of-thorns

ScienceDaily — The finding suggests that some fish, including popular eating and aquarium species, might have a role to play in keeping the destructive pest population under control. The native starfish (Acanthaster solaris) is responsible for widespread damage to the Great Barrier Reef. Since 1962 its population has surged to plague proportions on three occasions, each time causing the Read More…

What does drought mean for endangered California salmon?

ScienceDaily — The new study, published in the journal Global Change Biology, tracked nearly 20,000 tagged fish in Sonoma County streams over a seven-year period from 2011 to 2017. The Russian River watershed is home to a highly endangered population of coho salmon, which nearly collapsed in the early 2000's, but has been recovering since then through a conservation hatchery program and Read More…

Climate breakdown may debilitate fish

The Ecologist — Freshwater fish could end up with bigger brains because of climate change - but find themselves less able to carry out simple tasks, according to scientists. Aquatic life will need to adapt to warmer waters according to new research by University of Glasgow biologists, which suggests physiological changes could have potentially challenging consequences. Researchers from Read More…

A compelling case for cellular aquaculture

The Fish Site — So argues Paul Cuatrecasas, founder and CEO of Aquaa Partners, who thinks that “the next major revolution to our society – like the change from the horse and cart to the automobile – is probably going to be in food.” Speaking in a webinar entitled “COVID-19 – accelerating change in the food industry: how the foodtech sector can help strengthen the Read More…