Technology allowing aquaculture to do social distancing

Global Aquaculture Alliance — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt, can technology and artificial intelligence (AI) help aquaculture find the way forward? Market disruption, reduced or suspended production and declining seafood demand are among the many impacts on aquaculture as COVID-19 carries on. Innovative companies, many of them still bearing the “startup” label, are Read More…

Plaintiffs file temporary restraining order to restore water flows…

Herald and News — The Yurok Tribe, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association (PCFFA), and the Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), represented by the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice, are seeking a temporary restraining order to reinstate water flows in the Klamath River to protect threatened salmon, according to a news release. Earlier this year, the Read More…

Ocean Breezes Can Blow Microplastic Ashore, Study Finds

Green Queen — According to a new study published in the journal Plos One, mismanaged plastic waste could be blowing back ashore through ocean breezes every year. Scientists from Glasgow and Toulouse have discovered microplastics in sea spray, the first time it has been detected, raising fears that ocean breezes are no longer as clean and restorative as previously thought. Capturing water Read More…

EU is set to back down in the row over fishing rights after Brexit,…

Daily Mail — The EU is ready to back down from its hard line position on fishing rights next month, according to senior sources in Brussels. Under the EU's current demands, supported by France, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands, Britain would be effectively required to offer European fishermen the same access to UK waters as required by EU membership. Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Read More…

Atmospheric river will focus rain on Northern and Central California

Los Angeles Times — A deep low-pressure system that was about 1,000 miles west of Oregon on Friday will tap moisture originating in the subtropical Pacific and direct it toward Oregon and Northern California, the National Weather Service said. The plume of moisture is predicted to be an atmospheric river at landfall, said F. Martin Ralph, a leading authority on atmospheric rivers and Read More…

With Ships Docked And Labs Closed, Scientists’ Field Research…

WBUR — Around this time last year, oceanographer Maureen Conte was on a research ship off the coast of Bermuda, hauling scientific instruments up out of the ocean. But so far this year, Conte, like many other scientists, is stuck at home. “Basically the entire U.S. research fleet is now docked,” says Conte, a fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and a senior Read More…

Ocean ‘breathability’ key to past, future habitat of West Coast…

ScienceDaily — A new study led by the University of Washington finds that the animals' ability to breathe in that water may be key to where and when they thrive. The study, published May 15 in Science Advances, uses recent understanding of water breathability and historical data to explain population cycles of the northern anchovy. The results for this key species could apply to other Read More…

Environmentalists urge Laos to scrap ‘destructive’ Mekong dam…

The Telegraph — Environmentalists have urged Laos not to proceed with the construction of another “destructive” dam on the Mekong River, a vital Southeast Asian waterway that sustains about 60 million people. Last week, Laos’ communist government announced plans for the Sanakham dam – close to the northeastern border with Thailand – to the Mekong River Commission (MRC), as a new Read More…

Group Seeks to Remove Dam and Restore California’s Third-Largest…

Courthouse News Service — The Eel River is dynamic, shifting slyly from season to season depending on external factors like weather or more fundamental features like geology. The river carries more sediment than any its size in the United States because of the frequency of landslides that crash along its banks during all times of the year. The Eel River is also the most beautiful in North Read More…

Feuds Among EPA, Companies Delay Cleanup of Contaminated Harbor

Bloomberg Law — A tug of war over one of the country’s most toxic sites is pitting the EPA against a handful of companies paying for cleanup. The companies have sought to reduce the scale and cost of the cleanup at Portland Harbor, a key international shipping port in Oregon, claiming hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month Read More…