Hubbs-SeaWorld Joining Investor Group to Open California Yellowtail…

Times of San Diego — A social-benefit investment group working with prestigious Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute announced plans to open the first fish farm for California yellowtail in federal waters off San Diego. Pacific Ocean AquaFarms plans to initially raise and harvest 1,000 metric tons of yellowtail annually, scaling up over several years to 5,000 metric tons after proving the Read More…

Ecology is accepting comments on draft permits for Cooke Aquaculture

The Islands' Sounder — Cooke Aquaculture is going through the multi-agency permitting process to change the type of fish it raises in four Puget Sound net pens from non-native Atlantic salmon to native steelhead. After receiving approval to switch species from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the company sought Ecology’s approval for updated water quality Read More…

How Meaningful is the New US-Mekong Partnership?

The Diplomat — On September 11, the United States and the five lower Mekong nations launched a new framework for multilateral cooperation amid rising concerns about China’s expanding influence in mainland Southeast Asia. In announcing the new Mekong-U.S. Partnership at a meeting in Hanoi, the U.S. State Department pledged  at least $153 million to Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam Read More…

Trump Administration announces public comment period extension for…

Red Green and Blue — Additionally, the public comment period is extended to October 5 to allow more time for public engagement. Reclamation has been pushing the dam raise proposal for years to deliver more Sacramento River water to the Westlands Water District and other corporate agribusiness interests in the San Joaquin Valley. The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, other California Read More…

Tickets handed out and gear seized during Fraser River bar-fishing…

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News — Fishery officers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada handed out tickets and seized salmon fishing gear Wednesday during the Fraser River bar-fishing demonstration near Chilliwack. A total of six tickets were issued and four fishing rods were seized, according to DFO spokesperson Leri Davies. “The tickets were for fishing for salmon/trout during a closed Read More…

Without otters, Alaskan reefs more vulnerable to climate change,…

UPI — Keystone predators provide ecological equilibrium, a kind of stability that allows ecosystems withstand sudden changes. Without them, the effects of climate change are more severe. That's the case off the coast of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, where coral reefs and kelp forests have been left vulnerable to climate change and sea urchin predation in the absence of the Aleutian sea Read More…

La Nina Is Here, Threatening Even Bigger Blazes and Storms

Claims Journal — The extreme weather that’s hammered California with runaway wildfires and hit Louisiana with its most powerful hurricane in 160 years may be about to get even worse. La Nina — a phenomenon that occurs when the surface of the Pacific Ocean cools — has officially formed, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said Thursday. It triggers an atmospheric chain reaction that Read More…

New science: detrimental dams, fishery fears, protection rollbacks

Conservation International — Protecting nature starts with science. Here’s a roundup of recent scientific research published by Conservation International experts. 1. Dam development in protected areas could threaten freshwater ecosystems  A recent study found that more than 500 dams are planned or currently under construction in the world’s protected areas, which could Read More…

Swimming Against the Current: UNT Biologists Study the Impact of…

Dallas Innovates — It might not come as a shock to anyone who drove in Dallas-Fort Worth last year, but the region was the second-busiest building market in the country with almost $22.5 billion in construction. While road construction is often aggravating to people trying to get to work, it’s more than just an inconvenience for the state’s at-risk fish species. Per ongoing research Read More…

B.C. fish farms regularly under-count sea lice, potentially putting…

CBC News — Salmon farms in B.C. waters appear to be significantly under-counting the number of sea lice on their fish, making it less likely they'll have to pay for delousing treatments to protect wild stocks, according to a new study. The research, published Wednesday in the journal Ecological Applications, is based on an analysis of publicly available data from 91 aquaculture operations Read More…