Science Spotlight: CDFW Herring Surveys

CDFW – On a drizzly winter day in San Francisco Bay, you might find CDFW Environmental Scientist Ryan Bartling surveying the shoreline on the research vessel Smoothhound in search of Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasii) eggs. Bartling is one member of a team of state biologists who monitor the San Francisco Bay Herring fishery in the winter months, counting eggs and using those numbers to Read More…

Status of Chinook Salmon being reviewed, fishing closed on Klamath,…

Siskiyou Daily News – The California Fish and Game Commission last week took action that could result in Upper Klamath-Trinity River Spring Chinook Salmon eventually being listed as endangered and approved fishing closures on parts of the Klamath and Trinity rivers to protect the salmon until a decision can be made on their status. The commission accepted a petition to list the salmon as Read More…

Governor’s vision includes fish, farming

The Modesto Bee – Anyone inclined to high-five the dismissal of chairwoman Felicia Marcus from the State Water Resources Control Board should put their hands to better use. Like using them to roll up their sleeves so we can get to work fixing our rivers and making them more hospitable to salmon. Marcus’s replacement was announced in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first State of the State speech, Read More…

Salmon groups concerned with overfishing of Fraser River sockeye in…

The Nelson Daily – Fisheries and Oceans Canada was estimating there were 6 million late-summer run sockeye returning last August and September when it allowed 2.7 million fish to be harvested. Last week, when the final spawning numbers were released, it turns out only 4.27 million can be accounted for between the number that were caught and the number that spawned said Watershed Watch Read More…

There is ONE steelhead left in Alameda Creek, California

Red, Green, and Blue – Alameda Creek, the largest local watershed in Alameda County and the Bay Area, once hosted big runs of steelhead and Chinook steelhead. However, dams, other barriers and water diversions decimated these runs. Alameda Creek Alliance volunteers last week helped fish biologists from the East Bay Regional Park District capture and radio tag a single adult steelhead Read More…

Juvenile sturgeon still show reduced abundance

Chinook Observer – The number of legal-sized white sturgeon (38 to 54 inches in fork length) in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam declined in 2018, while the number of sturgeon large enough to spawn (over 65 inches FL) — adults — remained steady from 2017 numbers, according to a 2018 report by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Legal-sized sturgeon — those Read More…

Prize money being offered to thin Snake River rainbow trout

Idaho News – The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has placed a bounty on rainbow trout in the South Fork of the Snake River in hopes of reducing the population of the invasive species. Prize money ranging from $50 to $1,000 is awarded to any angler who turns in a rainbow trout head containing a coded wire tag. Fish and Game workers catch the fish and affix the tiny tags within the snout Read More…

Returning Shuswap sockeye drop by 700,000

The Columbia Valley Porter – The numbers prove what fisheries officials already knew in November – the late-run sockeye salmon return was lower than in 2014, the previous dominant year. On the Lower Adams River, the spawning escapement dropped from 707,087 in 2014 to 535,564 in 2018. The Lower Shuswap River escapement took a big hit, dropping from 832,810 in 2014 to 452,500 in 2018. Read More…

To Protect Imperiled Salmon, Fish Advocates Want To Shoot Some Gulls

NPR – There are a lot of predators known to eat imperiled salmon, from sea lions to double-crested cormorants. For a long time, biologists thought gulls weren't a big part of the problem. Now, they say that was a miscalculation. "When some analysis was done, the impact of gulls — just in the section from McNary (Dam) to Bonneville (Dam) — nearly 20 percent of the fish taken were Read More…

This fish has been called ugly and prehistoric. Here’s why Texas…

Star-Telegram – They are probably one of the most unique creatures plying Texas waters. Some have called them ugly and others have described them as prehistoric. Now, Texas Parks and Wildlife is proposing changes to protect overfishing of large, maturealligator gar as well as a nighttime bowfishing ban. The proposed regulation changes include a 4-foot maximum length for fish on the Read More…