Adaptive Management Forum, Part 3: Challenges and lessons learned…

Maven's Notebook – Adaptive management is defined in the Delta Reform Act as “a framework and flexible decision making process for ongoing knowledge acquisition, monitoring, and evaluation leading to continuous improvements in management planning and implementation of a project to achieve specified objectives”.  Although the Delta Reform Act calls for adaptive management to be included Read More…

No fishing for summer chinook and sockeye

Yakima Herald – The Columbia River will be closed for summer chinook and sockeye fishing in 2019. It is the first time in almost 10 years that fishing, both recreational and commercial, has been closed on the Columbia River for those two species. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the closures after a meeting Monday with tribal managers and the Pacific Fishery Read More…

California Fish and Game Commission Meets in Santa Monica

CDFW – At its April 2019 meeting in Santa Monica, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) took action on a number of issues affecting California’s natural resources. The following are just a few items of interest from the meeting. The Commission assigned commissioners to committees. President Eric Sklar and Commissioner Russell Burns and were assigned to the Wildlife Read More…

Reclaiming the lost population

USFWS – Winter-run Chinook salmon are unique in that they spawn during the summer months, from mid-April to mid-August, when California is at its hottest. This proved to be catastrophic in 2014 and 2015 when the drought killed nearly the entire in-river juvenile salmon population.  This event prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Read More…

Fisheries Department announces conservation measures to protect…

City News – The federal government has announced commercial and recreational fishing restrictions in British Columbia as a way to conserve chinook salmon returning to the Fraser River this season. The Fisheries Department’s regional director general Rebecca Reid says urgent protection measures include the closure of a commercial fishery involving seven endangered stocks. Reid Read More…

Group urges federal action to protect Oregon river fish

The Seattle Times – The federal government should take action to protect fish runs in the Willamette River, according to a national conservation group. American Rivers named the Willamette in northwest Oregon to its annual list of “America’s Most Endangered Rivers,” released Tuesday, The Corvallis Gazette-Times reported Tuesday. The Army Corps of Engineers should act to protect Read More…

Removing the plants that clog the Salinas River

Monterey Herald – The tall, bamboo-like plants clustered in dense thickets along sections of the Salinas River in the Salinas Valley have long attracted the attention of those who have strolled in that area. Green and stately with long, sword-like leaves, they belong to a species known as Arundo donax, or more commonly, giant cane. When the wind blows, the plants sway and ripple, providing Read More…

The Eel River Forum Took a Detailed Look at Pikeminnow at Their March…

The Redheaded Blackbelt – Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations considers Pikeminnow to be the most significant obstacle to salmon recovery in the Eel River. Reducing mature Pikeminnow population by 10-20% may decrease the salmonid kill rate by half. Yet in the 40 years since Pikeminnow entered the Eel River watershed, no one has found a reliable method to remove them. To Read More…

An indigenous tribe in Washington is strategically placing beavers…

Business Insider – It's before dawn on a late August morning, the Washington sky blanched with smoke drifting from distant wildfires, and Molly Alves and David Bailey have caught a beaver. The two biologists haul the ornery package of fat and fur, still penned into the trap that closed around him overnight like a giant clam, up the banks of a meandering, tea-colored stream. The drainage is Read More…

Taking care of lake sturgeon encourage girls to choose STEM-related…

WRCBtv – Several students from Girls Preparatory School and Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy are learning the importance of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, related fields. Meredith Harris with the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute has been with the same group of girls all year. Her goal is to teach those students Read More…