California cracks down on fishing in protected areas, but anglers…

Los Angeles Times – Cory Pukini wasn’t surprised when he spotted a pair of kayakers on a recent Friday morning illegally fishing inside a marine protected area off La Jolla Cove. He’s been working with the nonprofit Wildcoast for three years and grew up fishing in Southern California — long before California’s network of marine protected areas, or MPAs, was dramatically expanded Read More…

New web-based tool guides conservation of at-risk fish and wildlife

PA Media – The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced publication of the new Conservation Opportunity Area Tool. This free, innovative and interactive web-based map puts features of the 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan at your fingertips. The Wildlife Action Plan is the Commonwealth's proactive, non-regulatory Read More…

White Salmon River dam removal and restoration officially completed

The Dalles Chronicle – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has formally acknowledged the completion of all requirements for PacifiCorp’s physical decommissioning and removal of the Condit Dam on the White Salmon river. Once the only man-made impoundment between Mt. Adams and the Columbia River, the 125-foot dam is one of the largest dams ever removed in the United States. The Read More…

Reactivating our floodplains: A new way forward

Maven's Notebook – Nearly the entire Sacramento Valley floor is part of the historic floodplain that once supported robust fish and wildlife populations.  As the Sacramento Valley was settled and farming began, levees and dams were built to protect people from catastrophic floods; however, the severing the rivers from their floodplains has starved the ecosystem, depriving native fish and Read More…

Worldwide fisheries experts gather in Seattle to save wild salmon

The Journal – With many wild salmon populations on the brink of extinction in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, a diverse group of scientists, wild fish advocates, foundations and a British Columbia First Nations chief will gather in Seattle for the first-ever World Salmon Forum from Aug. 21-23 to challenge current fisheries practices that are devastating wild salmon populations. “Since Read More…

Dead fish causing a stink in Sarasota’s Mystic Lake neighborhood

WWSB – The once pristine six-acre Mystic Lake has turned murky and green with residents saying there have been hundreds of dead fish spotted over the last few days. Neighbors who live on or near the Sarasota lake are hoping to get answers soon. Judging by some of the images, it appears algae could be the culprit. “It’s sad, and I can’t sit out there in my Read More…

Steel mill sorry for spill that killed fish, closed beaches

ABC News 10 – A steel company apologized for a spill of cyanide and ammonia that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. ArcelorMittal issued a statement Friday night saying it “apologizes and accepts responsibility for the incident from the Burns Harbor facility.” The National Park Service closed the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk beach areas Read More…

Non-profit trains citizen scientists to collect fish data from the…

Michigan Radio – A new nonprofit is training citizen scientists to collect data on fish in the Great Lakes. They think it could be a game-changer for research in the region, and even help prevent the establishment of invasive species. It’s a perfect July day at Antrim Creek Natural Area, a nature preserve on the Lake Michigan shoreline just south of Charlevoix. Stephen Hensler is Read More…

UCLA to lead $10 million California conservation project

University of California – UCLA scientists are leading a $10 million project to help California officials make ecologically wise decisions as the state continues to confront the effects of climate change. The California Conservation Genomics Project, which is funded by the state, will involve conservation biologists, geneticists, ecologists and climate scientists from all 10 University Read More…

Bill Brings Hope for PA River Herring, Shad

Public News Service – Forage fish have been declining in Pennsylvania rivers, but a bill now in Congress could help restore their numbers. Shad, river herring and other migratory species return to rivers like the Delaware and Susquehanna to breed, but they live much of their lives in ocean waters - where vast numbers are swept up by commercial fishing operations, often in nets intended for Read More…