Stanislaus River rainbow trout levels lowest since 2009

Central Valley Business Journal – The once plentiful population of rainbow trout in the Stanislaus River has declined by 75 percent from that of six years ago according to a study by fisheries consulting firm FISHBO communications. The study, released Thursday, estimated about 5,000 trout remained in the river in 2015. The key reason for the decline is believed to be warmer river Read More…

A predator fish in California has lost its White House support

Mc Clatchy DC – A still-controversial 1992 law intended to boost California’s striped-bass population can be scaled back, the Obama administration now believes. In a modest softening of the state’s polarized water debate, a top Interior Department official voiced sympathy Wednesday for a Republican-authored bill that would end the 1992 law’s stated goal of doubling the number of Read More…

The future of salmon in the Central Valley

Red Bluff Daily News – The Rooster Tails Fishing Club is kicking-off the 2016 year with a breakfast at the Auburn Elks Lodge on Jan. 15 that will feature a discussion of the future of salmon in California’s Central Valley. This breakfast event is open to club members, spouses and non-member guests. Doors to the Lodge will open at 7 a.m. to share fresh brewed coffee. The Rooster Tails Read More…

Salmon struggle in local rivers

The Union Democrat – Two hundred years ago, before there were any dams in the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced watersheds, hundreds of thousands of salmon and other migrating fish teemed in the open, unrestrained rivers. On the Stanislaus River, chinook salmon and steelhead trout ranged as far east and up in the mountains to just below where Beardsley Dam is now. Today, they only get as Read More…

Floodplain Sanctuaries for Juvenile Native Fish

River Partners Newsletter – California’s once-thriving fish populations have dramatically declined, and many of our salmon, steelhead, and other iconic species will be extinct this century if current trends continue. Innovative conservation strategies are urgently required to reverse this rapid slide towards extinction. One of the most promising new strategies is using Central Valley Read More…

Salmonball!

Chico News and Review – It might be difficult to grasp at first how shooting salmon from a “cannon” is helpful for the fish—let alone a viable means of re-establishing a salmon run. But in the more remote reaches of Upper Bidwell Park, where a decades-old fish ladder sits in disrepair and prevents most salmon from proceeding higher into the watershed to spawn, using newly available Read More…

FISHBIO studies habitat in Big Chico Creek

KRCR TV – Big Chico Creek runs through the heart of Chico and for the past decade, the habitat under the water's surface hasn't been studied or documented. But one Chico-based fishery's consulting company is changing that. FISHBIO has taken it upon themselves to study the body of water. They've only done two surveys so far, one in 2013 and one in 2014. However, they believe their Read More…

California’s drought of common sense?

U~T San Diego – Californians seem to have remarkably good attitudes about the sacrifices they’ll make as the drought heads into its fourth year. Based on polls, they even are supportive of crackdowns on excessive water use, which may explain Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent call for $500 fines for those who over-water their lawns or take excessively long showers. But how tolerant will the Read More…

Future unclear for salmon

The Stockton Record – Despite the drought, thousands of king salmon splashed their way up the San Joaquin River and its tributaries last year. But the real test may be still to come. Born in Central Valley rivers and streams, baby salmon ride freshwater flows to the ocean where they fatten up and spend most of their lives. Most of the fish don’t return to inland rivers until Read More…

Training helps Lao PDR communities manage Fish Conservation Zones

IUCN – The lives of Northern Lao PDR communities are built around fish as they are a valuable source of food and income.  Decline in fisheries productivity and fish diversity would lead to economic and health problems for people in this region. To prevent this from happening, FISHBIO, a fisheries and environmental consulting company based in the United States and Lao PDR, developed a Read More…