More than 150,000 pounds of trout to help restore McClure population

Merced County Times – As part of its long-term environmental stewardship efforts, Merced Irrigation District is undertaking actions to restore the Lake McClure trout population that was severely impacted during the recent multi-year statewide drought. This last week Lake McClure was stocked with more than 150,000 pounds of rainbow and brook trout as a crucial and immediate step to Read More…

Sturgeon, America’s forgotten dinosaurs, slowly coming back

AP News – Sturgeon were America’s vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation’s rivers until mankind’s craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction. More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom feeding fish are showing signs of recovery in the dark corners of U.S. waterways. Increased numbers are appearing in the cold streams Read More…

Fly fishing for ‘sewer salmon’ in the L.A. River

Los Angeles Times – At 6 a.m. on a recent Saturday, I donned a borrowed pair of waders with a hole just above the butt, wrestled some waterproof boots over my feet and stepped into the muck of a particularly deep patch of the Los Angeles River. I came in search of Cyprinus carpio, the common carp, a.k.a. sewer salmon, mud marlin, pond pig, river rabbit, dumpster dolphin, Read More…

100 Marysville trees will be chopped to help save the salmon

Herald Net – The commute on Highway 529 in south Marysville may start to look different this week when more than a hundred trees are scheduled to be cut down along the roadway. Clearing was scheduled to start Monday and is expected to continue for the next couple weeks. There may be lane closures during that time, for safety. The job is being completed by the state Department of Read More…

Freeing salmon trapped at Fraser River slide site the focus of experts

The Chilliwack Progress – Finding the best way to release the salmon trapped by a landslide in the Fraser River near Big Bar is under careful consideration by experts. Fisheries and Oceans Canada and B.C. government officials announced Friday at a technical briefing that they are working together to address impacts of the June 23 slide at a remote and unstable part of the Fraser Read More…

Shelby Scout Troop builds habitats for fish

Shelby Star – Last week, a group of local Boy Scouts set up an assembly line outside of their Scout house in uptown Shelby. At one station, Scouts poured cement into plastic buckets, donated to them by a local Japanese restaurant. At another they punched holes into the sides of those buckets. Another group ran varying lengths of wire and irrigation tubing through those holes, creating a Read More…

Sockeye fishery a model of salmon recovery, sustainable food

Go Skagit – Several small metal boats followed by drifting nets took turns late last week riding the Baker River’s flow from the Highway 20 bridge in Concrete down to its convergence with the Skagit River. As each group of two or three fishers hauled in their nets, they revealed varying numbers of shiny salmon; some just a handful, others a dozen or more. Then they waited their Read More…

‘An egregious violation’: WA sues Navy for dumping toxic paint…

Crosscut. – Barnacles have been a drag on ships since ancient times. Now their removal is the root cause of what is Washington state’s biggest environment-oriented legal action against the U.S. Navy’s Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The lawsuit involves the “anti-fouling” paint used on hulls of aircraft carriers to remove barnacles. Copper, the key ingredient, threatens the fish Read More…

CA Fish & Wildlife Dept. Receives Funding to Defend Delta from Nutria…

East County Today – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay), whose Assembly District encompasses a large cross-section of the Delta, announced that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will receive more than $10 million to battle a nutria infestation that is making its way to the Delta. The money comes in the form of an $8.48 million grant from the Delta Conservancy Read More…