Beavers aid in climate battle, local experts fight to protect species…

Central Coast Public Radio — Wild beavers play a critical role in the fight against climate change by creating wetlands that combat drought and wildfire. The species is native to California — but unlike beavers in Oregon and Washington, they aren’t protected from being trapped and killed in the state. Beavers have existed in North America for millions of years, with large Read More…

Salmon getting through Fraser River slide zone as officials ponder…

CFJC Today — Officials say thousands of migrating salmon are making their way past an area of British Columbia’s Fraser River where a waterway was restructured following a massive rock slide more than two years ago. Gwil Roberts, the Fisheries Department’s director for the Big Bar landslide response, says 79,000 sockeye and chinook salmon have been counted passing through the site and Read More…

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awards Clover Island $4 million dollars…

KNDO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District (Corps) on Monday, awarded a $4 million construction contract to TDX Power Services, LLC to restore Clover Island’s aquatic and riparian habitat to benefit endangered salmonids. The Corps and its partner, the Port of Kennewick, have been engaged since 2015 in developing aquatic and riparian habitat along the north shore of Read More…

New legislation supports Oregon fisheries

Newport News Times — The passage of House Bill 3114 is another historic Oregon first in the fight against ocean acidification and hypoxia (OAH) and shows Oregon leaders’ awareness of the importance of healthy oceans. Oregon is an epicenter for OAH and was one of the first places in the world to observe direct impacts of ocean change when oyster hatchery production collapsed in 2007 from Read More…

‘Mussel dogs’ hired to inspect boats at Lake Nacimiento for…

KEYT — "Mussel Dogs" are making an appearance at Lake Nacimiento in an effort to catch aquatic hitchhikers and protect local ecosystems. During the weekends of the Mid-State Fair, mussel-sniffing canines are helping public officials inspect vessels in hopes of spotting invasive species known as quagga or zebra mussels. The San Luis Obispo County Public Works Department said zebra and quagga Read More…

Some setnetters ask state to reopen limited fishery

Public Radio for the Central Kenai Peninsula — Commercial setnet fishermen in Cook Inlet had their season cut short last week. When the Alaska Department of Fish and Game closed the Kenai River to sportfishing for king salmon, it closed the east setnet fishery completely. Some of them had only had a handful of openers. There are still plenty of sockeye in the water, which are the main fish Read More…

A new stream bed is being built on Dickerson Creek. Here’s how it…

Kitsap Sun — From his log cabin off Northlake Way, Bernie Fleming has a front-row seat for the rebirth of a salmon stream. Earthmovers on Fleming's property are building a new, meandering route for Dickerson Creek, a waterway important to fish migration but plugged up by concrete and other debris for decades. Fleming and his wife, Elaine, have watched as fish runs have nearly ground to a halt Read More…

Here’s How California’s Largest Lake, the Salton Sea, Came to Be…

Green Matters — California's largest lake, the Salton Sea, was once a destination for visitors seeking out gorgeous views, and a nice place to swim and relax — but because of pollutive human activities, that's just a memory. The Salton Sea now happens to be one of the most polluted lakes in the state, with polluted air, copious amounts of dust making it hard to breathe, and algal blooms, Read More…

Experimental Habitats for Hatchery Delta Smelt

California Water Blog — The Delta smelt is either extinct in the wild or close to it; in the past year only a handful have been caught, with great effort. In contrast, the UC Davis Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory (FCCL) has considerable success spawning and rearing the smelt in captivity. This coming winter, the FCCL will have as many as 40,000 smelt ready for release, when Read More…

Instead of braving the river, these endangered salmon take the highway

PhysOrg — The fish shimmied past her underwater office window inside the Lower Granite Dam, solo and in small groups, an endless parade of Chinook salmon, steelhead and shad. Debby Stallcop observed and counted, dutifully logging each traveler by species with a tap on a specialized keyboard. Finally, an hour and a half into her shift at the eastern Washington dam, a lime-green fish, nearly 2 Read More…