To Bring Back Endangered Fish, This First Nation Is Claiming…

Columbia University — Over 20 years ago, the Bella Coola River — located in southern British Columbia and central to the traditional territory of the Nuxalk Nation — saw its last healthy run of eulachon before populations dramatically crashed in 1999. A sovereign Indigenous or First Nation within what is known as Canada, Nuxalk people have maintained a strong relationship with the Read More…

Columbia River tribes gain new clout with major acquisition

The Oregonian — The freshwater plume that discharges from the Columbia River into the Pacific Ocean around Astoria is an ever-changing phenomenon. Near the Columbia River Estuary at the mouth of the river it may be mostly freshwater; as it expands into the Pacific it becomes brackish; in places it might be a 50-50 mix of fresh- and saltwater; eventually ocean water overtakes it Read More…

Lake trout suppression program churns on despite pandemic

Explore Big Sky — Even a global pandemic couldn’t derail a battle that has raged for 25 years underwater within Yellowstone National Park. Since 1995 National Park Service crews and contracted commercial fishing boats have harvested more than 3.35 million non-native lake trout from Yellowstone Lake through gillnetting efforts in an attempt to eradicate the invasive species that threaten Read More…

After Paso Robles riverbed fire, work underway on long-term…

KCBX — A fire in Paso Robles on June 22 destroyed two homes, damaged nine others and forced a third of the city to evacuate. The nonfatal wildfire started in a small stretch of the Salinas River, in an area where city officials consider dry grasses and brush an ongoing fire danger. Now, Paso Robles and the regional water board have agreed on an emergency plan to clear out the vegetation. Read More…

California’s Clear Lake named best bass fishery of the past decade

Kern Valley Sun — Since 2012, Bassmaster Magazine has released annual rankings of the country’s best bass fisheries. While tournament data could not be gathered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, crunching numbers gathered over the past eight years revealed a surprising Best Bass Lake of the Decade — California’s Clear Lake. Overall, California had six fisheries on the Top 100 list Read More…

Disease novel to California killing thousands of fish at…

Daily Press — As coronavirus infections and deaths continue to rise throughout the United States, state officials are fighting a battle against a separate outbreak that has killed up to 60,000 fish at the Mojave River Hatchery. The culprit, a bacteria known as Lactococcus garvieae, has never before been seen in the state until it was detected at the Victorville facility in April, said Jay Read More…

Study shows microplastic increase in river’s bass

Williamsport Sun-Gazette — Tiny plastic particles, also called microplastics, were found in 100% of smallmouth bass digestive systems studied in 2019 via the Susquehanna University’s Freshwater Institute — capping an annual increase in the three-year study. A total of 206 smallmouth bass were collected from 2017-19 from two different sites on the Susquehanna River and in Pine Creek. Read More…

Climate warming increases Asian carp threat to Lake Michigan by…

PhysOrg — The ongoing warming of Lake Michigan increases its susceptibility to Asian carp, in part by reducing the capacity of quagga mussels to act as an ecological barrier against the voracious algae-eating fish, according to a new University of Michigan-led study. Asian carp and the trillions of quagga mussels that carpet the bottom of Lake Michigan would compete for the same Read More…

High Concentrations of Fire Retardant Found in Nisqually River…

Nisqually Valley News — High concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), a chemical compound used in fire retardants, have been found in steelhead trout in the Nisqually River system, and some evidence is pointing to a wastewater treatment facility operated by the town of Eatonville as the source.  A paper published in late 2017 in the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health — Read More…

Tracking sockeye: Research on fish could lead to new projects in…

Yakima Herald — Sockeye fishing took on a larger purpose for a handful of volunteers at the mouth of the Yakima River early on June 26. Rather than keep the salmon that have been relatively plentiful in the Columbia River this year, anglers turned over their catch to another boat with no fishing poles. Biologists needed less than two minutes to measure the fish, determine its sex, Read More…