These Prehistoric Fish Are Making a Slow Comeback in the Midwest

NRDC – Come February in Wisconsin, almost everything will be covered in ice and snow. In little shanties on frozen Lake Winnebago, a 30-by-13-mile lake in the eastern part of the state, fishers will keep watch over rectangular holes cut into the ice with a chainsaw. When they spot a fin passing below, they’ll jab their spears down deep. The lucky ones will earn themselves a lake sturgeon, Read More…

Snake River Basin sees too few salmon, steelhead return to maintain,…

The Lewiston Tribune – Adult returns of Snake River salmon and steelhead are the gold standard when measuring efforts to recover the imperiled fish. And by that standard, we don’t have much gold. It’s simple — in order for the runs to persist, enough juveniles that migrate to the ocean must survive and ultimately return as adults to produce the same number of smolts to Read More…

Endangered fish headed toward recovery, officials say

Star Tribune – As far as fish in the West go, the silver-sided humpback chub is one of the strangest-looking, and arguably one of the least known. Most are no longer than an average forearm, and they’re immediately distinguished by the ubiquitous hump on their backs. They have virtually no scales, live to be upwards of 40 years old and have long snouts that overhang their jaws. And they Read More…

Predator fish that anglers love faces uncertain future in California…

The Sacramento Bee – In California’s never-ending water and fish wars, the striped bass doesn’t get nearly the publicity as its celebrity counterparts, the endangered Chinook salmon and Delta smelt. Yet the striped bass is at the heart of a protracted fight over California’s water supply, 140 years after the hard-fighting fish, beloved by anglers, was introduced here from the East Read More…

Predators cause salmon populations in Miramichi River to hit record…

CBC – The number of adult Atlantic salmon returning to the Miramichi River has reached an "all-time low," according to the Miramichi Salmon Association.  There are about 15,000 small and large Atlantic salmon in the Miramichi River this year, said Mark Hambrook, president of the association. That's a significant drop from the 75,000 recorded in the river in 2011. "I don't know how low Read More…

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association: Local Leaders in Salmon…

Whatcom Talk – Salmon are a crucial part of our ecosystem here in Whatcom County. New bridges, replanted trees, and informative signage along our creeks and streams are all evidence that the public is taking action to protect them. One aptly named group leading many such restoration projects is NSEA: Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, a community-based nonprofit. NSEA started in Read More…

Restore the Delta submits comments on Delta Plan

Yuba Net – Restore the Delta today filed comments today on the proposed Delta Plan ecosystem restoration amendments currently being considered by the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC). Among the concerns about Delta stewardship are climate impacts, harmful algal blooms, and protecting indigenous and Delta environmental justice communities. Here are a few quotes from the comments Read More…

Northwest Salmon In Peril, And Efforts To Save Them Scale Up

NPR – This past fall, Idaho officials took the extraordinary step of closing the Clearwater River to salmon and steelhead trout fishing, leaving guides like Jeremy Sabus scrambling to find other work. "It's six weeks of my favorite time of the year, you get to shake hands with 3-foot trout," Sabus says. Billed as one of the top destinations for salmon fishing in the United States, the Read More…

Central Valley Flood Protection Board: Update on the San Joaquin…

Maven's Notebook – Historically, the San Joaquin River has supported large chinook salmon populations. However, since the Bureau of Reclamation’s Friant Dam on the San Joaquin River became fully operational in the 1940s, much of the river’s water has been diverted from the river for agricultural uses.  This has resulted in about 60 miles of the river bed going dry in most years and the Read More…

Fish stocks now threatened by bushfire run-off

Brisbane Times – Stocks of prawns, snapper, whiting and flathead around the coasts of south-east Australia are now threatened by ash and other bushfire debris making its way from the Victorian and NSW fire grounds to estuaries and coastlines. Conservationists have grave fears for the aquatic life of the Gippsland Lakes, just months before the Victorian government was due to turn the Read More…