California moves toward single water tunnel under delta

San Francisco Chronicle – California is moving forward with its biggest water project in decades, a single tunnel beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that will help move Northern California water south to cities and farms, state water officials said Wednesday. The proposal piggybacks on plans by former Gov. Jerry Brown, who wanted to build a pair of 30-mile-long tunnels through the Read More…

Quick action saves log for salmon habitat project

News Times – A big log that was lost from a salmon habitat project was rescued from the beach last week.  With very high tides coming, action by the City of Newport, with permissions granted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, assured that it can be put back in place. Usually, large logs on the beach cannot be removed, as they are Read More…

Fisheries Management Is Actually Working, Global Analysis Shows

Science Blog – Nearly half of the fish caught worldwide are from stocks that are scientifically monitored and, on average, are increasing in abundance. Effective management appears to be the main reason these stocks are at sustainable levels or successfully rebuilding. That is the main finding of an international project led by the University of Washington to compile and analyze data from Read More…

Disappointing numbers for annual coho salmon run in western Marin…

San Francisco Chronicle – The pouring rain this winter brought with it a buoyant optimism among fisheries experts about the celebrated run of coho salmon in western Marin County, but the expected swarm of leaping pink fish never showed up. Fewer than 90 coho have made their way up meandering, forested Lagunitas Creek and laid eggs on the northwest side of Mount Tamalpais, one of Read More…

Surveys Underway to Evaluate Salmon Redd Habitat Value

Turtle Island Restoration Network – The Salmon Protection And Watershed Network, or SPAWN, is conducting substrate classification, embeddedness, and scour chain studies to gauge the current redd habitat value for salmonids. The project methods are repeatable so that data collected can be compared over multiple years to better inform restoration practices along Lagunitas Creek. Salmonids Read More…

Rising sea temperatures could threaten Atlantic salmon production

Phys Org – In 2017, aquaculture production in the EU reached a decade high thanks to increased production of high-value species like salmon and seabass, according to a report by the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA). The same report also shows that in 2015, per capita world consumption of fish was 8 percent higher than in 2005, with Asia registering Read More…

Herrera Beutler calls bill critical to preserving salmon habitat

The Columbian – The end of 2019 saw increased federal funding for Columbia River salmon hatcheries, the latest attempt in a line of legislation to boost the region’s stock of the valuable fish. A spending package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in December set aside $57.5 million for salmon preservation, including $22 million specifically for chinook and steelhead in the Read More…

Fisheries management is actually working, global analysis shows

UW News – Nearly half of the fish caught worldwide are from stocks that are scientifically monitored and, on average, are increasing in abundance. Effective management appears to be the main reason these stocks are at sustainable levels or successfully rebuilding. That is the main finding of an international project led by the University of Washington to compile and analyze data from Read More…

The Salmon Sisters of Alaska are Fighting for a Healthy, Sustainable…

Civil Eats – The remote Aleutian Islands are a group of 14 large volcanic islands and 55 smaller islands, mostly belonging to the state of Alaska, known for challenging weather and strong winds. But that has never stopped sisters Claire Neaton (pictured at right, above) and Emma Privat (at left), 29 and 28 respectively, from fishing for halibut and salmon in the archipelago’s Read More…

Ground broken for new Yakama Nation fish hatchery

Yakima Herald – DJ Brownlee remembers fishing for chinook salmon at Sunnyside Dam with his father while growing up in Wapato. Through the years, and now as a hatchery foreman with the Yakama Nation Fisheries, he’s seen drought, habitat loss and dam construction continue to threaten the existence of the fish and tribe’s way of life. “I started my fisheries career at Read More…