How Salmon Became The Symbol Of Our Broken Food System

Forbes – In 1973, pioneering undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau—the David Attenborough of the oceans—wrote: “With earth’s burgeoning human population to feed, we must turn to the sea with understanding and new technology. We must farm it as we have farmed the land.” Norway was a particularly fertile ground for this imperative since the first floating sea pens to rear salmon had been Read More…

Big numbers of salmon return to Mokelumne, Feather and Sacramento…

Record Net – While fishing has been tougher this year than over the past two seasons on the Sacramento, Mokelumne, American and Feather rivers, large numbers of salmon are showing in all four systems. A total of 10,009 salmon have gone over Woodbridge Dam in Lodi on the Mokelumne to date, according to Will Smith, manager of the CDFW’s Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery. Last year a total of Read More…

Sturgeon facing predation challenges in the Nechako

Vanderhoof Omineca Express – The sturgeon hatchery are putting a cap to the number of fish they will release next year, but will be releasing chinook fry at the same time. “Our community is aware that we are having predation challenges with our sturgeon, especially the juveniles that are in there,” Wayne Salewski, chair of the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative said. He Read More…

Firm plans steelhead farm in Puget Sound

The Lewiston Tribune – Last month, a net pen used for fish farming and operated by Cooke Aquaculture Pacific began to dip below the surface off Bainbridge Island. A hole in a pontoon left the structure’s southeast corner partially submerged. Repairs were eventually made. But now as Cooke seeks to farm steelhead trout — instead of the nonnative Atlantic salmon that Read More…

Snorkels to save salmon

BMC – Sea lice are small marine crustaceans that are external parasites of marine fish, such as salmon and brown trout. The parasites can cause considerable damage while feeding on mucus, tissue and blood from their host. The infested fish undergo a chronic stress response, releasing cortisol and depressing their immune response making them more susceptible to infections. The first two Read More…

Regional hatchery operator may consider allocation changes

KRBD – A Ketchikan nonprofit operating regional fish hatcheries says it needs to make some changes, which could include offering fewer salmon for commercial fishermen next year. During a recent Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon, SRRAA’s general manager David Landis emphasized Alaska’s salmon hatcheries don’t farm fish like in Canada. “We don’t raise these fish to when Read More…

Could Columbia River sturgeon become a source of high-end caviar? The…

Crosscut. – Last December, Crafted Restaurant in Yakima served up an Instagram-ready dish of roe on a creme fraiche-dappled blini. Festive in presentation, the caviar was in keeping with the holiday season. But these were no ordinary eggs. Instead of black market Caspian Sea beluga caviar, which has been banned in the United States since 2005, guests were enjoying $80-an-ounce caviar Read More…

Coleman National Fish Hatchery gets closer to wrapping up salmon…

KRCR – Spawning operations will be wrapping up soon at Coleman National Fish Hatchery and it appears to be a successful year. Plenty of fish in Battle Creek means plenty to spawn. On Friday night, we took a look at the process itself that attracts thousands of hatchery visitors every fall. For more than two weeks, workers have been spawning fall-run Chinook salmon, up to 400 pairs a Read More…

Regional hatchery operator may consider allocation changes

KRBD – A Ketchikan nonprofit operating regional fish hatcheries says it needs to make some changes, which could include offering fewer salmon for commercial fishermen next year. During a recent Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon, SRRAA’s general manager David Landis emphasized Alaska’s salmon hatcheries don’t farm fish like in Canada. “We don’t raise these fish to when Read More…

Oyster growers agree to abandon quest to use controversial…

NBC Right Now – A Southwest Washington oyster growers group has abandoned a quest to use a controversial insecticide that combats burrowing shrimp, a creature that can make tidelands unfit for shellfish farming. In a settlement reached last week, the Willapa Grays Harbor Growers Association agreed to accept a 2018 state Ecology Department denial of the proposed use of imidacloprid and Read More…