Preparation will mitigate water crisis, not restricting water rights

CalMatters — December brought significant snowpack to the Sierra, breaking records set in the 1970s. But areas like Mendocino and Sonoma are still showing severe drought conditions, and our state’s reservoirs have a long way to go to recover from last year’s historic lows. Recent rains unfortunately do not mean rest for California water policymakers, local governments and regional Read More…

Irrawaddy dolphin found dead in Kratie

Khmer Times — A male dolphin was found floating dead in the Mekong River in Kratie province. The provincial Fishery Administration is investigating the cause of death a priority. Kratie Provincial Fishery Administration director Mok Ponlok said yesterday that the carcass of a dolphin calf was found in the river but that the cause of death had not been established yet. The body was found Read More…

Shortened Dungeness crab season reflects industry uncertainty

The Press Democrat — Commercial crabbers have made quick work of this year’s Dungeness crab harvest, bringing substantially fewer crustaceans ashore with each lift. The haul has been so meager that even those who ply the waters south of Mendocino County and were unable to start harvesting until just after Christmas are ready to wrap it up. The typical season used to extend through Read More…

The distributional outcomes of rights-based management in fisheries

PNAS — Significance Rights-based management reforms in fisheries have attracted controversy regarding the unequal distribution of their economic benefits, but systematic quantitative evidence has been lacking due to data limitations. Our research leverages a longitudinal dataset to compare payments to captains, crew, vessel owners, and owners of harvest quota in the Bering Sea crab fisheries Read More…

Feral desert donkeys are digging wells, giving water to parched…

The Conversation — In the heart of the world’s deserts – some of the most expansive wild places left on Earth – roam herds of feral donkeys and horses. These are the descendants of a once-essential but now-obsolete labour force. These wild animals are generally considered a threat to the natural environment, and have been the target of mass eradication and lethal control programs Read More…

Evaluating the Meteorological Conditions Associated With Dusty…

Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes — Recent CW3E PhD graduate student, Dr. Kara Voss, along with co-authors Dr. F. Martin Ralph and Dr. Amato T. Evan (CW3E/Scripps Institution of Oceanography), recently published an article in Journal of Geographic Research: Atmospheres, titled “Evaluating the Meteorological Conditions Associated With Dusty Atmospheric Rivers”. The paper Read More…

Despite heavy rain and snow, California braces for another dry year

Ag Insider — An onslaught of rain and snow has pulled most of California out of exceptional drought, but experts warn that the state’s dry spell is far from over. Officials issued emergency water regulations this week — which won’t affect agricultural operations — even as the northern part of the state braced for possible flooding from winter storms. “Uh, this is California,” Read More…

Anderson Dam: Cost to rebuild key Bay Area dam nearly doubles to $1.2…

The Mercury News — In the latest setback for a project that has been fraught with delays and cost overruns for more than a decade, the price tag to rebuild Anderson Dam — Santa Clara County’s largest — to improve earthquake safety is nearly doubling, from $648 million to $1.2 billion. The news comes one year after the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the government agency that Read More…

Predator-Prey Dynamics: Evolution Happens Faster Than Expected

SciTechDaily — Using a mathematical model, two scientists of the University of Innsbruck and the University of Helsinki were able to determine that in predator-prey dynamics, both sides adapt quickly through evolution. It is a relatively new finding that evolution occurs fast enough to play an important role in population dynamics. Some recently published research shows how prey organisms Read More…

Researchers develop automated method to identify fish calls underwater

Oregon State University — An Oregon State University research team and collaborators have developed an automated method that can accurately identify calls from a family of fishes. The method takes advantage of data collected by underwater microphones known as hydrophones and provides an efficient and inexpensive way to understand changes in the marine environment due to climate change and Read More…