River advocate: Removing dams won’t help orcas, environment, economy

Capital Press – Removing four dams from the Snake River won't help orcas, salmon, the environment or the economy, the head of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association says. Kristin Meira, executive director of the association, which includes ports, businesses, public agencies and individuals that depend on the region's rivers, cited figures from federal agencies to counter Read More…

Researchers call for improved conservation to save bony fish from…

The National – Almost 40 species of bony fish in the Arabian Gulf are at risk of extinction due to overfishing and coastal destruction, a study has revealed. The study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, New York University Abu Dhabi, and other collaborators, evaluated the conservation status of 471 species of bony fish in the Gulf. The results showed that 8.2 per Read More…

Salmon policies debate continues between states

The Bulletin – Oregon and Washington state are still figuring out what to do with gillnets on the Columbia River. A committee that includes fish and wildlife commissioners from both states met for the first time Thursday with staff in Salem to go over areas where the states maintain different policies for the river. They made no decisions. Rather, the meeting provided commissioners with a Read More…

Aqua Bridge aims to transform fish farming in UAE

Gulf News – Being a nation that prides on its coastal heritage, fishing is a deeply embedded tradition in the UAE’s culture. However, increased demand for fish as a rich source of protein over the years has resulted in significant depletion of fish stocks. Recognising the growing market demand for sustainable aquaculture-produced fish, Dubai-based start-up Aqua Bridge was set up Read More…

Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake: where fishermen have no fish and no hope

South China Morning Post – As far as bodies of water go, Cambodia is mostly known for the Mekong River. It provides fish and transport for millions of people and has become a romantic locale within Indochina. But there’s another body of water, 130km north of Phnom Penh, that deserves just as much attention. The Tonle Sap Lake, whose annual flood cycle is a crucial part of the Cambodian Read More…

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

Taunton Daily Gazette – Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest’s resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing data on the website of the Center for Whale Research, which studies the orcas, several Read More…

Banned Fish Trap Returns To Columbia As Sustainable Way To Catch…

OPB – About half the salmon swimming up the Columbia River come from hatcheries — most of which are raised to be caught by fishermen. The rest are wild. And many of those salmon are protected under the Endangered Species Act. For years, Oregon and Washington have been searching for the best way to catch more hatchery fish while letting the wild fish return unharmed to their spawning Read More…

Dine Out Vancouver’s Ocean Wise Pop-Up Café celebrates…

The Georgia Straight – The Ocean Wise Pop-Up Café returns to the Vancouver Aquarium for Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival with a menu that highlights sustainable salmon. The year 2019 has been named the International Year of the Salmon by the Vancouver-based North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (anadromous meaning fish that migrate from salt water to fresh water to Read More…

Seabirds face growing competition from fishing industry

The Wildlife Society – Seabirds around the world are increasingly finding themselves in competition for food with the fishing industry, researchers found, as fishing vessels increase their catches of potential seabird prey. “We’re fishing their food away,” said University of British Columbia fisheries professor Daniel Pauly, a principal investigator and founder of the university’s Read More…

CDFW Releases Guidance Document for Delta Conservation Planning

CDFW News – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today released the Delta Conservation Framework as a comprehensive resource and guide for conservation planning in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta through 2050. The framework provides a template for regional and stakeholder-led approaches to restoring ecosystem functions to the Delta landscape. It incorporates feedback Read More…