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Title: Unlimited Salmon / Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 25, 2011, 10:12:11 AM
Emergency closure for winter steelhead likely on Skagit

All signs point to another emergency fishing closure for winter steelhead in the Skagit River system. The closure should be announced next month.

"The Skagit wild steelhead forecast is going to be down again, and it hasn't met the minimum escapement in quite a while," said Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in the northern Puget Sound region. "The numbers are falling off the table again."

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/othersports/2017083605_outn25.html (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/othersports/2017083605_outn25.html)
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 25, 2011, 10:15:37 AM
The salmon came back.

After four long years of record-low numbers, the fall-run chinook salmon population surged back from the ocean this year, once again filling the Sacramento Valley's rivers on their spawning run.Hatcheries on the American River, the Feather River and Battle Creek – the region's three largest – saw the return of more than double the number of fish in 2010, and five times as many as in 2009.

Anglers, wounded by the unprecedented cancellation of fishing seasons in 2008 and 2009, are back on the water. Local salmon is back on dinner menus.

Maybe most important of all, the rivers seem to have life again.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/12/25/4144777/salmon-rebound-in-sacramento-valley.html#storylink=cpy (http://www.sacbee.com/2011/12/25/4144777/salmon-rebound-in-sacramento-valley.html#storylink=cpy)
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: jwgnc on December 25, 2011, 14:36:08 PM
Caught my only wild winter Steelhead on a fly from the Skagit.  Bald eagles watched.  It was a sight to see.  Caught my only Dolly Varden there too.  Or was it the Sauk??

Hate to see these famous old rivers having a hard time.  I feel fortunate to have fished there in the "good old days".

I'm afraid Michigan's Au Sable will go the same route.
Title: Shiny Patches in Maine’s Streambeds Are Bright Sign for Salmon!
Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 27, 2011, 11:16:31 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/27/science/a-strong-year-for-spawning-salmon-in-maines-rivers.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=salmon&st=cse (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/27/science/a-strong-year-for-spawning-salmon-in-maines-rivers.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=salmon&st=cse)

QuoteErnie Atkinson waded up Old Stream on a warm fall afternoon, peering through polarized sunglasses to scan the streambed. Before long, he pointed out a place where the bottom looked different.

"You can see how the gravel is a lot cleaner right here — it kind of shines," said Mr. Atkinson, a fishery biologist with the Maine Department of Marine Resources. "O.K., we've got one, two, four redds right here."

Redds are places where spawning salmon use their tails to dig holes in the gravel, deposit their eggs and bury them. For much of the past 20 years, counting redds here was a grim task; by 2000, the population of Atlantic salmon here had fallen so low that they were declared an endangered species in eight Maine rivers.


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Title: As clear as mud: White Salmon River a polarizing subject
Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 28, 2011, 08:35:20 AM
http://sportsyakima.com/2011/12/as-clear-as-mud-white-salmon-river-a-polarizing-subject/ (http://sportsyakima.com/2011/12/as-clear-as-mud-white-salmon-river-a-polarizing-subject/)

Once a steelheader's paradise, now a century's worth of silt.

That's the way anglers look at the White Salmon River, bemoaning its present condition. Fish biologists and hydrologists look at it and see a bright future.
Avid fisherman Ken Taylor can't count the number of times he's made the two-hour drive from his Selah home to the mouth of the White Salmon — the big White Salmon in angler parlance, to delineate it from the Little White Salmon five miles to the west — in pursuit of steelhead or chinook.

Two months after Condit Dam was breached, though, looking at the sediment that has filled in the river channel, Taylor thinks those days are over.





from American Rivers....

Condit Dam Removal Update (http://vimeo.com/33584271)
Title: As clear as mud: White Salmon River a polarizing subject
Post by: Mudwall Gatewood 3.0 on December 28, 2011, 09:42:05 AM
Thanks for the article – interesting. 

It seems likely that Taylor is not the only angler troubled.  He does use the collective "everybody knew".

Polarization appears to be the norm on most every issue.   No surprise. 

Libbee's comment "This is very typical of our 'give me what I want now' society" is noteworthy.  I wonder if we are losing our ability to discover, re-discover, adapt, adjust, and compromise, with an eye towards the future.
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 03, 2012, 09:35:43 AM
Marine Harvest ASA, the world's biggest salmon farmer, started re-catching fish that escaped from an enclosure in Nordfjord, northern Norway, after the storm Dagmar damaged nets over the Christmas holidays.

It isn't clear how many fish escaped from one enclosure, which held 139,000 salmon with an average weight of 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds), the Oslo-based company said on its website today.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-02/marine-harvest-salmon-escape-after-dagmar-storm-damages-nets.html (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-02/marine-harvest-salmon-escape-after-dagmar-storm-damages-nets.html)

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Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Aka on January 03, 2012, 19:08:07 PM
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on January 03, 2012, 09:35:43 AM
Marine Harvest ASA, the world's biggest salmon farmer, started re-catching fish that escaped from an enclosure in Nordfjord, northern Norway, after the storm Dagmar damaged nets over the Christmas holidays.

It isn't clear how many fish escaped from one enclosure, which held 139,000 salmon with an average weight of 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds), the Oslo-based company said on its website today.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-02/marine-harvest-salmon-escape-after-dagmar-storm-damages-nets.html (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-02/marine-harvest-salmon-escape-after-dagmar-storm-damages-nets.html)

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My dad lives about 5 miles upstream of a fish farm (atlantic salmon) on the Huon river in Tasmania and they have almost routine escapes. I spoke with him last week and he had just gotten back from 'sport netting' (done from his sailboat) 9 fish which he plans to cold smoke.
I guess the point is that there is no way to produce farm raised salmon, or any farmed fish, without escapement. The only way to keep farmed fish from mixing with wild populations is to keep them in ponds or some type of pen like a hatchery has.
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 09, 2012, 18:05:38 PM
http://m.ctv.ca/topstories/20120108/BC-fish-farm-opponent-faces-defamation-charges-120108.html (http://m.ctv.ca/topstories/20120108/BC-fish-farm-opponent-faces-defamation-charges-120108.html)

Fish farm opponent fights defamation charges in B.C.

VANCOUVER — Don Staniford says he's never had a fist fight -- not even during his most ferocious action as a rugby player in high school or as a soccer player at university in the United Kingdom.

Change the subject to B.C.'s salmon farming industry, though, and the British-born activist with long, curly hair is more than willing to take on the world's largest salmon-farming companies in the ring of public opinion.

His outspoken criticism has earned him an appearance at the Supreme Court of B.C. on Jan. 16 where he must defend himself against allegations from Mainstream Canada, the province's second largest salmon farming company, that he defamed the organization.

The case could cost him $125,000 if he loses.
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 10, 2012, 08:35:07 AM
The president of the Atlantic Salmon Federation is meeting this week with the minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, armed with a new study to make the case for millions of dollars more in federal funding to help restore the wild Atlantic salmon fishery.

"We felt the contribution that wild Atlantic salmon — both the recreational fishery, the First Nation fishery and related tourism — was being undervalued by the federal government, and we've seen over the last 20 years death by a thousand cuts," federation president Bill Taylor said in an interview Monday.

"At a time when wild Atlantic salmon need the most help, our federal government — in this case DFO — their budget for doing their job is at the lowest point ever."

Taylor said Fisheries and Oceans Canada's budget for its salmon work has been halved, to about $12 million. The federation wants funding doubled, restored to what it calls the mid-80s level of $25 million annually.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/50418-federation-wild-atlantic-salmon-stock-needs-help (http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/50418-federation-wild-atlantic-salmon-stock-needs-help)
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 11, 2012, 09:14:55 AM
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111219152508.htm (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111219152508.htm)

Hatcheries Change Salmon Genetics After a Single Generation

ScienceDaily (Dec. 19, 2011) — The impact of hatcheries on salmonids is so profound that in just one generation traits are selected that allow fish to survive and prosper in the hatchery environment, at the cost of their ability to thrive and reproduce in a wild environment.

The findings, published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show a speed of evolution and natural selection that surprised researchers.
They confirmed that a primary impact of hatcheries is a change in fish genetics, as opposed to a temporary environmental effect.
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 12, 2012, 22:50:46 PM
'Salmon Hero'

The salmon that come to spawn in local waters have probably considered him one for years, but local conservationist Elmer Rudolph has now been given the title of "Salmon Hero" by his peers.

Rudolph, who is also the Sapperton Fish and Game Club president, was bestowed the title by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fraser Basin Council last month after decades of work in restoring the Brunette River to a habitable waterway for salmon.

"It' feels good," said the ever-deferential Rudolph, "But as I mentioned when I got it... as far as I'm concerned, all I've been doing is just carrying on the work that the earlier members of the club started way back in 1970."



Read more: http://www.royalcityrecord.com/Westminster+named+Salmon+Hero/5986556/story.html#ixzz1jJ56lOJM (http://www.royalcityrecord.com/Westminster+named+Salmon+Hero/5986556/story.html#ixzz1jJ56lOJM)
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 15, 2012, 12:11:21 PM
A new federal report says it will cost as much as $2.1 billion to restore the endangered steelhead trout to Southern California rivers and streams over the next 100 years.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/01/13/state/n201651S75.DTL#ixzz1jY0lCIdv (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/01/13/state/n201651S75.DTL#ixzz1jY0lCIdv)

Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 02, 2012, 09:31:03 AM
By now, everyone should be aware Chinook salmon are slated to be reintroduced to the San Joaquin, perhaps as soon as this year. And like in other California rivers where salmon have been re-established after a long absence, those fish will either be off limits to anglers or strictly catch and release.

But what seems to be lost in all of this, even though it's spelled out in the Draft Environmental Impact Report, is that the presence of salmon will also mean the end of all trout fishing and, potentially, bass fishing.

No more trout fishing in the San Joaquin? It says so right in Section 3.3 of Chapter 21, which quotes California Fish and Game Commission policy: "Domesticated or nonnative fish species will not be planted, or fisheries based on them will not be developed or maintained, in drainages of salmon waters, where ... they may adversely affect native salmon populations by competing with, preying upon or hybridizing with them."

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/02/01/2706427/salmon-comes-at-a-cost.html#storylink=cpy (http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/02/01/2706427/salmon-comes-at-a-cost.html#storylink=cpy)
Title: ACTION ALERT! SEND A MESSAGE! Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 10, 2012, 09:32:53 AM
https://secure3.convio.net/sows/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=577&autologin=true

Fill it out, send it in! Protect Wild Salmon!
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 29, 2012, 09:35:59 AM
Talk to a fisherman on the West Coast and he'll give you a hard-luck story.  The once-glorious salmon runs of the Pacific Northwest are mostly shadows of what they once were, some threatened with outright extinction, and few rivers have had as many troubles as the Klamath, as it runs from southern Oregon into Northern California.

Once the third-most productive salmon river system in the U.S., the Klamath last year saw only about 233,000 fall chinook — the big, meaty salmon prized by fishermen — headed back to spawn.  In 2008, the number was only 68,000.

That's why it was stunning news Tuesday in Newport, Ore., when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife presented its annual forecast for the Klamath's fall chinook run. Nearly 1.6 million fish are expected to be in this year's run, a figure that's nearly triple anything on the charts that go back to 1996.

The monster run, if it plays out as predicted, could provide a welcome bonanza for the troubled commercial fishing industry in California and Oregon and for the dozens of communities along the river that host sport fishermen when there's anything in the river to catch. Conservationists say it also vindicates years of efforts to maintain healthy water flows and better habitat for fish that have battled both drought and hydropower dams for decades.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-klamath-salmon-20120228,0,3391889.story (http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-klamath-salmon-20120228,0,3391889.story)
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: fishhunterphil on February 29, 2012, 20:55:17 PM
Some steelhead I spotted and was blessed enough to get photos of in San Luis Obispo creek, CA.

The winter has been 70% drier than normal so far below the SF Bay.  Hopefully a big storm comes to light up the rivers and bring in more fish.
It is amazing any steel came into this creek at all with the low flows, but it is also the reason that they could be captured by my camera.

This creek runs right through town; I took these shots after I saw a friend of mine who is a steelhead restoration specialist with the DFG peering over a bridge right downtown.  Pulled over real quick and flipped out.  These fish are in the 26" range, and there is a 5th jack size fish of maybe 18" that you can't see because it is in the shadows.  It is amazing the results of a little stream stewardship; not long ago this creek had almost zero trout and was an open sewage ditch.

Anyway, thought you boys back in The South would appreciate me sharing.

Cheers
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 01, 2012, 10:39:50 AM
nice grab on those steelies, I'm sure that's a rare treat.
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: phlyfisher on March 01, 2012, 11:07:41 AM
Quote from: fishhunterphil on February 29, 2012, 20:55:17 PM
Some steelhead I spotted and was blessed enough to get photos of in San Luis Obispo creek, CA.

The winter has been 70% drier than normal so far below the SF Bay.  Hopefully a big storm comes to light up the rivers and bring in more fish.
It is amazing any steel came into this creek at all with the low flows, but it is also the reason that they could be captured by my camera.

This creek runs right through town; I took these shots after I saw a friend of mine who is a steelhead restoration specialist with the DFG peering over a bridge right downtown.  Pulled over real quick and flipped out.  These fish are in the 26" range, and there is a 5th jack size fish of maybe 18" that you can't see because it is in the shadows.  It is amazing the results of a little stream stewardship; not long ago this creek had almost zero trout and was an open sewage ditch.

Anyway, thought you boys back in The South would appreciate me sharing.

Cheers


i used to live in marin.... how have the salmon runs up at mt.Tam been? i used to hike up there as a pube and see 100's of them in that little creek that runs right next to the welcome center. lord i wanted to grab a rod and yank one of those piggy fackers out.
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 07, 2012, 15:34:10 PM
http://www.alternet.org/water/154454/scary_facts_you_should_know_about_the_nearly-bankrupt_company_pushing_ge_salmon_on_consumers?page=entire (http://www.alternet.org/water/154454/scary_facts_you_should_know_about_the_nearly-bankrupt_company_pushing_ge_salmon_on_consumers?page=entire)

The world doesn't need GE Salmon!
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: fishhunterphil on March 26, 2012, 20:47:33 PM
Quote from: phlyfisher on March 01, 2012, 11:07:41 AM
Quote from: fishhunterphil on February 29, 2012, 20:55:17 PM
Some steelhead I spotted and was blessed enough to get photos of in San Luis Obispo creek, CA.

The winter has been 70% drier than normal so far below the SF Bay.  Hopefully a big storm comes to light up the rivers and bring in more fish.
It is amazing any steel came into this creek at all with the low flows, but it is also the reason that they could be captured by my camera.

This creek runs right through town; I took these shots after I saw a friend of mine who is a steelhead restoration specialist with the DFG peering over a bridge right downtown.  Pulled over real quick and flipped out.  These fish are in the 26" range, and there is a 5th jack size fish of maybe 18" that you can't see because it is in the shadows.  It is amazing the results of a little stream stewardship; not long ago this creek had almost zero trout and was an open sewage ditch.

Anyway, thought you boys back in The South would appreciate me sharing.

Cheers


i used to live in marin.... how have the salmon runs up at mt.Tam been? i used to hike up there as a pube and see 100's of them in that little creek that runs right next to the welcome center. lord i wanted to grab a rod and yank one of those piggy fackers out.

Not sure about it, but I did hear that the biologists are predicting a mega onslaught of salmon this year (compared to recent numbers which were so low they shut down the fishery)

I know what you mean about wanting to just jump in get after em'....there is something primal when you see a fish that size and it's no wonder so much overfishing has occurred in the history of mankind
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: snagaluffaguss on April 26, 2012, 22:01:13 PM
http://www.prx.org/pieces/4219-dying-for-water-indians-politics-and-dead-fish/floating_piece (http://www.prx.org/pieces/4219-dying-for-water-indians-politics-and-dead-fish/floating_piece)
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: snagaluffaguss on April 26, 2012, 22:02:37 PM
http://www.prx.org/pieces/5250-salmonlands/floating_piece (http://www.prx.org/pieces/5250-salmonlands/floating_piece)
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 11, 2012, 14:55:59 PM
Atlantic Salmon Need Some Love Too!

Bringing the damn dam down!

INDIAN ISLAND —  Work crews today began demolition of the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River, the largest-ever river restoration project in eastern North America.

Ken Salazar, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, said the $62 million project, which includes the removal of two dams and improved fish passages at two other dams, is a model for other restoration efforts in the nation because of its collaborative approach.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Dam-removal-on-Penobscot-starts-today.html (http://www.pressherald.com/news/Dam-removal-on-Penobscot-starts-today.html)

Video Report at above link!


Project Overview Below
http://youtu.be/EigUpRiKdTU (http://youtu.be/EigUpRiKdTU)
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 14, 2012, 09:11:48 AM
http://youtu.be/Xy9N1rGAvwI (http://youtu.be/Xy9N1rGAvwI)

Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 16, 2012, 08:18:37 AM
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-trout-success-20120715,0,595732.story (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-trout-success-20120715,0,595732.story)

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — When it comes to disappearing species and humanity's harmful imprints on nature, hardly anybody expects anything to go right. People move in, engineers build, wildlife dies: It's an old story.

Perhaps that's why two biologists wading through a tributary of the Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula not long ago were chortling and grabbing for their cellphones. The cause for celebration: a gray speckled trout hovering powerfully in the fast-running stream. The 35-inch fish was probably the first wild steelhead to find its way up the middle reaches of the river in 100 years.

/'/ /'/ /'/
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: snagaluffaguss on July 18, 2012, 07:33:26 AM
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/alaska-gold/ (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/alaska-gold/)
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 27, 2012, 11:09:41 AM
Gvmn't releases FrankenFish Study...

http://www.livescience.com/25799-frankenfish-salmon-gmo.html (http://www.livescience.com/25799-frankenfish-salmon-gmo.html)

Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 07, 2013, 18:47:20 PM
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21345259 (http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21345259)

Magnetic  salmon ???
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 13, 2013, 19:48:03 PM
Salmon Farms spread deadly salmon diseases

Salmon Confidential on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/61301410)

eat wild salmon
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: sanjuanwormhatch on March 19, 2013, 06:22:20 AM
Quote"This contradictory use of the Wardrop Report is extremely concerning as it is unclear whether Northern Dynasty Minerals is misleading investors by attracting investment for a 'fantasy proposal' or it is intentionally providing fraudulent testimony to the EPA. I urge you to investigate this matter immediately. Due to the importance of this issue to Washington state and the Pacific Northwest, I would greatly appreciate being informed about all developments on this matter."

http://www.cantwell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=f1578a83-f5c5-4557-9af2-e996a01b2ab4 (http://www.cantwell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=f1578a83-f5c5-4557-9af2-e996a01b2ab4)
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 29, 2013, 11:31:20 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22694239 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22694239)


GM Salmon can breed with wild fish!
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Darthmonkey on May 29, 2013, 19:14:35 PM
http://www.sportsmenforwildolympics.org/sign-the-petition/ (http://www.sportsmenforwildolympics.org/sign-the-petition/)
Holy Fuck Knuckles batman! It is a step in the right direction. If you've ever been here, you know Wild & Scenic is barely fitting of this place. Deserving of our greatest efforts to protect and preserve for future generations to enjoy.
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 26, 2013, 20:25:33 PM
A Haven for Salmon, and for Salmon Fishers


MURMANSK, Russia — My fly skittered across the current in front of our jet boat on the Lower Tomba beat of Russia's Ponoi River, darting erratically as the tension on my line increased. Suddenly, there was a violent splash, and I felt a significant tug. Then nothing.

Don't give the fish any line and don't yank the rod back," said Max Mamaev, the head guide at the Ponoi River Company. "When you feel the weight of the fish, lift gently."

I cast again toward the birch-blanketed bank as two peregrine falcons mobbed a white-tailed sea eagle in the sky above. As the fly accelerated below the boat, a fish rose and missed the fly. Then there was a second swirl, and the line came tight. I lifted slowly and was fast to my 10th Atlantic salmon of the day.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/sports/a-haven-for-salmon-and-for-salmon-fishers.html?_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/sports/a-haven-for-salmon-and-for-salmon-fishers.html?_r=0)
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 28, 2013, 20:59:10 PM
Some more Salmon news...

No Chinook fishing season on upper Salmon River!

KETCHUM, Idaho -- Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials say a decade-low return of Chinook salmon to the state means there will be no Chinook fishing season on the upper Salmon River.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports the season usually begins about the third week in June and runs until about mid-July.

Columbia Basin Research at the University of Washington found that just under 38,000 Chinook salmon passed through Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River through Wednesday. The 10-year average is just over 60,000 fish, marking a 37 percent decline

http://www.ktvb.com/news/No-Chinook-fishing-season-on-upper-Salmon-River-213542911.html (http://www.ktvb.com/news/No-Chinook-fishing-season-on-upper-Salmon-River-213542911.html)

Drought conditions threaten Sacramento River salmon

In a sign of growing drought in California, state officials recently took the unusual step of loosening environmental water quality rules in hopes of protecting salmon in the Sacramento River.

The move illustrates how drought forces difficult trade-offs in modern-day California, where water supplies are stretched to the limit even in normal years.

The problem is that Shasta Lake, the largest in the state, risks running out of cold water before salmon migrate upriver from the ocean for their fall and winter spawning runs. If that were to happen, the salmon population, which has rebounded strongly from several years of sharp declines, could face lethal warm temperatures in the river.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/27/5527560/drought-conditions-threaten-sacramento.html#storylink=cpy (http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/27/5527560/drought-conditions-threaten-sacramento.html#storylink=cpy)
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Beetle on June 28, 2013, 21:17:26 PM
My friend Ted sent this picture today from CO.    Crazy
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 07, 2013, 15:52:31 PM
http://bangordailynews.com/2013/07/07/opinion/contributors/protect-wild-atlantic-salmon-runs/?ref=OpinionBox

Greenland over harvesting Atlantic Salmon!



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Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 22, 2013, 11:47:30 AM
http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/2013/07/21/veazie-dam-removal-brings-hope-salmon-anglers/pkkYtc6CeHeA2DiNaerZtJ/singlepage.html (http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/2013/07/21/veazie-dam-removal-brings-hope-salmon-anglers/pkkYtc6CeHeA2DiNaerZtJ/singlepage.html)

VEAZIE, Maine (AP) — Eighty-five-year-old Claude Westfall points to a photograph on the wall of the Veazie Salmon Club. In the 1992 photo, a smiling Westfall presents then-President George H. W. Bush with his prize: the first salmon pulled from the Penobscot River in the Bangor area that year.

For nearly 80 years, the first salmon of the season was delivered by train, and later plane, to the White House. But Bush would be the last to receive the famous fish.

The number of salmon on the Penobscot River dwindled, halting fishing on Maine's largest river and the presidential salmon tradition.

But environmentalists say removing the Veazie Dam — which will begin Monday — could be a monumental step toward restoring the salmon population and resurrecting a rich history of angling on the Penobscot River.


http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/36212695 (http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/36212695)
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 20, 2013, 10:37:08 AM
Pink salmon, Puget Sound's smallest, most short-lived and most abundant of five native salmon species, are returning in record numbers to the Nisqually River.

There are so many of these 3- to 7-pound fish stacking up in the river, it conjures up the old saying: "They're so thick, you could walk across the river on their backs."

They aren't quite that thick, but they are pulsing upstream to spawn in numbers that boggle the mind. More than 700,000 pinks are expected to enter the river this year out of an estimated Puget Sound run size of 6.2 million fish.

Flash back 10 years and tribal biologists were hard-pressed to find pink salmon in the river at all.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2013/09/19/2730648/pink-salmon-return-to-nisqually.html#storylink=cpy (http://www.theolympian.com/2013/09/19/2730648/pink-salmon-return-to-nisqually.html#storylink=cpy)


In other news:

A project to improve salmon spawning habitat in the American River has some kayakers and rafters concerned that they may lose a favorite area of rapids.

The project, which started Sept. 3, involves using bulldozers to place 6,000 tons of large gravel cobbles in the riverbed near River Bend Park and Arden Way. The gravel is needed to create spawning habitat for wild chinook salmon, which make nests for their eggs in the rocks.

The work is occurring directly downstream from the parkway pedestrian bridge between River Bend Park and William Pond Recreation Area. This stretch of river includes the Arden rapids, an area favored by kayakers and rafters.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/18/5745632/salmon-restoration-in-american.html#storylink=cpy (http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/18/5745632/salmon-restoration-in-american.html#storylink=cpy)
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Post by: Al on September 20, 2013, 11:08:31 AM
I am heading for Upstate NY (Pulaski) Sunday morning - should be shouting FISHON shortly after noon. ;D 

Hopefully will get some photos and post a report when I return on Friday. May try to do a little update while there if I can figure out how to post photos directly from my dumbphone :embarassed:.

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Post by: Aka on November 24, 2013, 21:05:01 PM
Update on the recovery of the Elwha in Washington state which was the site of the largest dam removal project so far in the U.S.

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/07/07_20_2012_elwha_restoration_video.html (http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/07/07_20_2012_elwha_restoration_video.html)


Pretty damn cool!!!
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Post by: sanjuanwormhatch on January 20, 2014, 06:07:51 AM
New arrow in the quiver for the fight against hatchery fish:

http://midcurrent.com/2014/01/20/victory-for-wild-fish-on-the-sandy-river/ (http://midcurrent.com/2014/01/20/victory-for-wild-fish-on-the-sandy-river/)
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Post by: Transylwader on January 21, 2014, 14:16:58 PM
I did Erie in 2012. What a shitfucksnadwich. Combat fishing, morons from all over center pinning with anal beads. I saw a few kings who were locked out of Trout Run along with thousands of steelhead. I shan't engage in that shit show ever again... and they be pelletheads, the lot of em...
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Post by: tomato can on January 21, 2014, 15:15:50 PM
Now now, Tranny, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.  Yes Erie can be a pig pile but there are plenty of stretches that you can get away from the mindless horde.  I need to get up there myself, got plenty of friends up there to see & fish with. 
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 30, 2014, 13:50:41 PM
Mobile Web - News - Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat
http://www.denverpost.com/marijuana/ci_26634339/biologists-identify-pot-gardens-salmon-threat
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 23, 2014, 23:23:42 PM
Salmon ads full of crap

http://commonsensecanadian.ca/salmon-farmers-ads-full-crap-seabed-beneath-pens/
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Post by: Aka on December 24, 2014, 07:50:10 AM
Assholes, Canadian assholes.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 04, 2015, 10:47:19 AM
Storm runoff can be toxic to aquatic life, but a new study suggests a simple and relatively inexpensive solution: Filter the water through dirt before it enters streams, rivers or the ocean.

Researchers collected runoff from a busy four-lane highway in Seattle during six storms in 2011 and 2012. They tested the toxicity of water from the first five storms and found that coho salmon fry could not survive in it, nor could the mayfly and water flea larvae they feed on.


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/science/cleaning-up-water-by-running-it-through-dirt.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/science/cleaning-up-water-by-running-it-through-dirt.html)
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 23, 2015, 03:04:15 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31988139

Danube River Salmon
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Post by: sanjuanwormhatch on June 10, 2015, 09:14:13 AM
Hey steelhead experts, is there even a remote possibility I'll see a steelhead OP mid to late sept?
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Post by: Aka on June 10, 2015, 10:22:06 AM
Quote from: sanjuanwormhatch on June 10, 2015, 09:14:13 AM
Hey steelhead experts, is there even a remote possibility I'll see a steelhead OP mid to late sept?

Southeast and south central AK steelies will be in then.
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Post by: Aka on June 10, 2015, 12:25:43 PM
On the subject of steelhead I saw this a few days ago. It's pretty cool.


https://youtu.be/eR0WzInZzS0
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 19, 2015, 10:02:11 AM
Looks like there're here to stay with a $5 Billion per year business, but at least there is now some awareness of the ecodamage caused by massive off shore fish farming...

http://nyti.ms/1T7gXUJ (http://nyti.ms/1T7gXUJ)
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 19, 2015, 10:04:39 AM
Will California steelhead / salmon go extinct this year? Drought causes dire straights for Coho and Steelhead in the Russian River watershed.

SONOMA, Calif. — California is taking desperate steps to save the last endangered salmon in Wine Country creeks that are going dry because of over-pumping and the drought, officials said Thursday.

Water has run so low in the four tributaries of the Russian River in Sonoma County that state workers have been dispatched with nets and buckets to rescue the last surviving coho salmon.

Threatened steelhead trout are also being pulled from drying stretches of the waterways.

In addition, the state Water Resources Control Board next week will consider ordering world-class wineries and thousands of other landowners along those creeks to stop all watering of lawns and to start monitoring how much water they are using.

"Fish rescue is an emergency-room action. It's not a solution," said Andrew Hughan, spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. "The solution is water in the creek."

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/06/11/us/ap-us-california-drought-salmon.html (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/06/11/us/ap-us-california-drought-salmon.html)
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 19, 2015, 10:15:47 AM
Feds Release Plan for Recovering Northwest Fish Species

BOISE, Idaho — Federal authorities have released their final recovery plan for a fish species that teetered on the brink of extinction in the early 1990s in one of the Pacific Northwest's major rivers.

The plan released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will create a self-sustaining population of Snake River sockeye salmon over the next 50 to 100 years, authorities said.

The run in 1991 was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, kicking off a hatchery program that at first had only a handful of returning fish to propagate the species.

But last fall more sockeye, some 1,500 fish, made the 900-mile journey from the Pacific Ocean to central Idaho's Redfish Lake than in any year going back nearly six decades.

"I think this really does show the resiliency of the species," said Rosemary Furfey, the agency's salmon recovery coordinator for the Interior Columbia Basin.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/06/08/us/ap-us-sockeye-salmon-recovery.html (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/06/08/us/ap-us-sockeye-salmon-recovery.html)
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 24, 2015, 20:45:29 PM
I found the following story on the NPR iPhone App

Genetically Modified Salmon: Coming To A River Near You?
by Jessie Rack

NPR - June 24, 2015

While the debate over whether to label foods containing GMO ingredients plays out across the country, another engineered food has long been waiting to hit grocery stores: genetically modified salmon....

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/06/24/413755699/genetically-modified-salmon-coming-to-a-river-near-you?sc=17&f=1001&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app

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Post by: revfox on June 25, 2015, 06:57:56 AM

"Let's be clear. The planet is not in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. We haven't got the power to destroy the planet - or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves."

Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park (Novel)

But...I wonder if they can make it so farm raised fish don't taste like shit.
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Post by: Aka on June 25, 2015, 08:11:14 AM
Fuck farm raised seafood.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 20, 2015, 10:22:52 AM
WEST COAST

Invest now in Washington's coastal salmon runs!

QuoteAt the most extreme, witness the monumental public price tag between 1991 and 2012 for ensuring a round trip for endangered sockeye from the upper reaches of the Snake River, through the gantlet of Columbia River dams and reservoirs, out to the ocean and then back again: almost $9,000 per fish.

http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/invest-now-in-washingtons-coastal-salmon-runs/ (http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/invest-now-in-washingtons-coastal-salmon-runs/)

EAST COAST

Hundreds of salmon trapped by construction project in N.L. river

QuoteCOLINET, N.L. -- The Atlantic Salmon Federation says a construction project has trapped hundreds of wild Atlantic salmon in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The federation says construction of a fishway in Rocky River near Colinet is preventing at least 450 salmon from moving upriver to spawn.

Federation member Don Ivany says a plan to move the salmon should have been in place before construction started on the fishway earlier this summer
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/hundreds-of-salmon-trapped-by-construction-project-in-n-l-river-1.2525478 (http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/hundreds-of-salmon-trapped-by-construction-project-in-n-l-river-1.2525478)
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Post by: BRFFF on September 28, 2015, 23:13:07 PM
http://www.pressherald.com/2015/09/27/a-river-revived-the-penobscot-river-two-years-after-dams-removal/

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 19, 2015, 10:12:43 AM
GMO salmon approved by FDA for human consumption

http://nyti.ms/1O5tEOF
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Post by: Aka on November 23, 2015, 20:56:44 PM
One of the coolest videos I've seen. This is lake iliamna where the sockeye salmon from the Kvichak River that makes up a large part the Bristol bay salmon totals go to spawn. This is also  in the area where northern dynasty wants to put the pebble mine project.

https://vimeo.com/146049113
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 23, 2015, 21:26:47 PM
Pretty darn amazing !
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Post by: Dougfish on November 24, 2015, 08:40:19 AM
That is beautiful and powerful. All of our legislators should be required to sit and watch it.
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Post by: sanjuanwormhatch on November 24, 2015, 08:50:12 AM
Def going to be watching that.

I'm reading a book about the salmon fishing rights of the nez perces, yakima, and one other tribe in wa and the "fishing in's" of the 1960s.  It's pretty interesting stuff and I'm pretty sure some very similar arguments if not the same that lead to litigation and subsequent dam destruction of the elwha.  I'll have to look into it though.
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Post by: Aka on November 24, 2015, 15:44:32 PM

Quote from: sanjuanwormhatch on November 24, 2015, 08:50:12 AM
Def going to be watching that.

I'm reading a book about the salmon fishing rights of the nez perces, yakima, and one other tribe in wa and the "fishing in's" of the 1960s.  It's pretty interesting stuff and I'm pretty sure some very similar arguments if not the same that lead to litigation and subsequent dam destruction of the elwha.  I'll have to look into it though.

What's the book and do you like it so far?
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Post by: Aka on November 24, 2015, 16:48:03 PM
^^^ we hear your cries for attention. Daddy issues?
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Post by: WMT on November 24, 2015, 17:13:56 PM
Well that was fucking bad ass Aaron
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Post by: sanjuanwormhatch on November 25, 2015, 09:21:46 AM
Spirit of Crazy Horse.

It actually has very little to do with salmon and steelhead but is great so far none the less. 
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 11, 2015, 18:31:44 PM
Cool news from the OP

No bait, no barb, no kill

http://wildsteelheadcoalition.org/2015/12/huge-victory-for-wild-steelhead/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 18, 2015, 05:25:15 AM
Hope this ends up making GMO salmon unsalable!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/12/17/congress-to-fda-no-genetically-engineered-salmon-in-supermarkets-unless-it-is-labeled/
Congress to FDA: No genetically engineered salmon in supermarkets until there's a plan to label
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Post by: Yallerhammer on December 18, 2015, 07:53:18 AM
Quote from: sanjuanwormhatch on November 25, 2015, 09:21:46 AM
Spirit of Crazy Horse.

It actually has very little to do with salmon and steelhead but is great so far none the less.

Excellent book, I have a copy on my shelf. It will make you think.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 22, 2015, 06:27:18 AM
This is cool!



http://www.fishingnortheast.net/connecticut-local-fishing-news/first-documented-wild-spawning-of-atlantic-salmon-in-connecticut-since-the-late-1700s/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 26, 2015, 22:11:49 PM
Russian River steelhead news

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/4962232-181/flowing-again-russian-rivers-creeks?artslide=0
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 16, 2016, 07:47:28 AM
To Save Its Salmon, California
Calls In the Fish Matchmaker
At a hatchery on the Klamath River, biologists are using genetic techniques
to reduce inbreeding, though some argue natural methods are more effective.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/19/science/new-tactics-to-save-californias-decimated-salmon-population.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 26, 2016, 21:23:03 PM
http://venturingangler.com/2016/01/21/film-the-plight-of-smith-river-steelhead-in-eternally-wild/

CalTrout and strip mines on the Smith River -- pretty amazing video -- worth a look
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 26, 2016, 22:00:59 PM
And another thing, from the front page of the drake

http://www.drakemag.com/featured-content/daily-drake/1550-fight-for-salmon-and-trout-preservation-in-alaskas-tongass-national-forest.html

Click, read, post comment,

http://www.americansalmonforest.org/take-action.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 22, 2016, 11:09:49 AM
CT River salmon comeback? Maybe not!

http://www.valleyadvocate.com/2016/03/29/so-long-salmon/ (http://www.valleyadvocate.com/2016/03/29/so-long-salmon/)
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 27, 2016, 10:02:43 AM
http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/26/a-pacific-salmon-hub-is-under-threat/ (http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/26/a-pacific-salmon-hub-is-under-threat/)

More threats to Salmon in BC

QuoteThe Skeena River snakes out of fir-lined fjords on the misty northern coast of British Columbia, and washes over a thousand-acre sandbar. Flora Bank is a biological bottleneck over which millions of finger-length young salmon enter the sea each spring. Scientist Allen Gottesfeld calls Flora Bank the "Grand Central Station" for the watershed. All streams in the Skeena system lead here.

One of the last great undammed salmon systems in Canada, the Skeena still supports five Pacific salmon species. It has yielded some of the biggest Chinook and steelhead ever recorded. Its fish feed indigenous First Nations, and supply sport and commercial fisheries up and down the British Columbian and Alaskan coasts. And Skeena help underpin the food chain for the world-renowned Great Bear rainforest, a 250-mile long archipelago of islands and coastal enclaves populated by white "spirit bears," supersized bald eagles, and healthy pods of orcas. That all makes Flora Bank one of the most important stretches of salmon habitat on the West Coast.

And yet Canada's Trudeau administration is now conidering granting permission to a conglomerate of Asian state oil companies to build an $11.4 billion liquefied natural gas cooling and export terminal over Flora Bank. One of the most threatening components in the project is a Golden Gate-sized bridge that would be built over the bar to carry processed gas from neighboring Lelu Island out to waiting ships. Scientific studies suggest the enormous towers for the bridge could permanently alter the countervailing forces of tides, wind, and river current that have created and sustained Flora Bank for thousands of years. The heavy dredging, drilling and blasting during the bridge and terminal's construction threaten enormous impact
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 01, 2016, 12:51:16 PM
https://youtu.be/FxaXWucLheI

pretty damn amazing....y;
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 02, 2016, 20:00:11 PM
QuoteHayden Stratton knelt beside Bond Brook Monday to watch the half-dozen tiny Atlantic salmon alevin he had just carefully poured into the water from a plastic cup begin their new life in the wild.

"They didn't go too far," Stratton said of the small visible salmon in orange yolk sacks. "They're just chilling, dude."

The fish will chill in Bond Brook for about two years, struggling for life as they learn to eat and hide from predators. If successful in those two things, they will grow to reach their fry stage, then parr stage, and then smolt stage before slowly making their way out to sea.

They'll spend about a year heading down the Kennebec River, acclimating to the changing conditions along the way, said Peter Kallin, of Rome, president of the Maine Lakes Society. Kallin accompanied about 35 students from Messalonskee High School in Oakland as part of teacher Colin Hickey's "Topics in Non-Fiction: Hunting and Fishing" class field trip. Each student placed some of the roughly half-inch long, endangered Atlantic salmon in the brook in hopes of helping restore their population.


http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/02/students-help-salmon-make-run-at-survival/ (http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/02/students-help-salmon-make-run-at-survival/)
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 05, 2016, 13:18:15 PM
Hope this news brings down a damn dam or four! p;- on dams


Judge: Salmon recovery requires big dam changes (http://www.dailyastorian.com/Free/20160505/judge-salmon-recovery-requires-big-dam-changes)

QuoteA massive habitat restoration effort by the U.S. government doesn't do nearly enough to improve Northwest salmon runs, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, handing a major victory to conservationists, anglers and others who hope to someday see four dams on the Snake River breached to make way for the fish.

In a long-running lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon in Portland rejected the federal government's latest plan for offsetting the damage that dams in the Columbia River Basin pose to salmon, saying it violates the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

It was the fifth time since 2001 that the court has invalidated the government's plans, and rulings in the case show increasing impatience with federal agencies, including NOAA Fisheries, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation. In his 149-page opinion, Simon found that for the past 20 years, the agencies have focused on trying to revive the basin's 13 endangered and threatened salmon and steelhead runs by restoring habitat without compromising the generation of electricity.





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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 26, 2016, 10:16:21 AM
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife officials say tribal fishery managers and the state are in the final stages of reaching an agreement in the stalemate over salmon fishing. A deal could be finalized at any moment.
Salmon fishing could reopen in a couple weeks, but the agreement must first be approved by NOAA.

http://www.king5.com/mb/tech/science/environment/state-tribes-reach-agreement-over-salmon-fishing/215019034


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 26, 2016, 10:28:09 AM
What's the future for Great Lakes salmon?

PENTWATER - Shortly after noon on a cool sunny Thursday, the 33-foot charter boat Sportsmen came back into the Pentwater village marina carrying four happy fishermen and coolers full of still-flopping fish.
Most of their catch were plump, pink-tinged lake trout, pale bellies glistening in the bright May sun.

Read the rest at

http://www.wzzm13.com/mb/news/local/lakeshore/whats-the-future-for-great-lakes-salmon/215883550


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 29, 2016, 10:32:12 AM
STEAMBOAT — A backcountry advocacy group plans to jump-start a stalled campaign to protect a 104,000-acre chunk of the North Umpqua River Basin for wild steelhead and name it after one of the fish's most ardent and iconic defenders.

The group Backcountry Hunters and Anglers plans to launch a statewide grassroots campaign to see the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary east of Roseburg become a reality.

The sanctuary and the Congressional bill seeking to designate it are in the name of Moore, a storied North Umpqua fly-fisher and nationally recognized conservationist whose wild steelhead advocacy dates back to the early 1950s in the basin and continues today.

http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160528/NEWS/160529551
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 31, 2016, 18:02:29 PM
Cool story!

Salmon Ceremony: First Chinook Return to Chief Joseph Hatchery http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/05/31/salmon-ceremony-first-chinook-return-chief-joseph-hatchery-164614#.V04XtBLkKyQ.twitter via @IndianCountry



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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 01, 2016, 10:15:37 AM
Will Deacy, a UM systems ecology graduate student under the direction of UM Professor Jack Stanford, researched brown bears on Kodiak Island, Alaska, in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Brown bears are faced with a challenge: They need to consume lots of salmon each year, but salmon only are available for a few weeks in each shallow spawning ground. However, salmon spawn at different times in different habitats, which could allow bears to eat salmon for long periods of time if they move to different spawning grounds. GPS collars allowed Deacy to observe where and when bears foraged for salmon.

"We found that the bears greatly extend their use of the salmon resource by migrating from one run to another," Stanford said. "We call this 'surfing the salmon red wave.'"


http://phys.org/news/2016-06-kodiak-track-salmon-alaska.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 06, 2016, 21:37:55 PM
Dam Removal, Salmon and Birds... a little podcast....

In 2014, on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, the dams on the Elwha River were removed. It was the largest removal of its kind in history. As the river ran free again, salmon from the Pacific were able to spawn upstream for the first time in 100 years.


http://www.audubon.org/news/the-amazing-difference-found-dippers-elwha-river
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 08, 2016, 11:05:01 AM
Before Friant Dam was built in the 1940s to store water for farms and cities across Central California, Chinook Salmon called the San Joaquin River home. The infrastructure project severely slowed flows on the river and the salmon went extinct. Now more than sixty years later salmon are slowly being reintroduced into the river, but some people say it's just too late for the fish to thrive again here. Their reasoning?  Climate change


http://kvpr.org/post/could-climate-change-halt-salmon-restoration-san-joaquin-river-farmers-say-yes
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 08, 2016, 11:18:44 AM
Steelhead News too :o Damn Dam removal... 0:0

CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. -

From a "river in ruin" to a "river in renewal," there's a lot of history at the former site of the San Clemente Dam. Monday marked another historic moment; for the first time, the many people and organizations involved in the removal of the dam came together to celebrate the progress of a monumental riparian habitat restoration

In 1999, the Carmel River was regarded as the most endangered river in the United States due to the dam. Declared seismically unsafe by the California Department of Water Resources Division of Safety of Dams after a buildup of sediment, the dam also impeded the passage of the anadromous, threatened steelhead trout of the Central Coast.

A few years later, stakeholders had to decide whether to repair the dam, or take the road less traveled.

http://www.kionrightnow.com/news/local-news/cal-am-president-its-a-good-day-to-be-a-steelhead/39932502
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 11, 2016, 14:22:15 PM
https://youtu.be/VipVo8zPH0U
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 14, 2016, 19:55:51 PM
You really really don't want to eat farm raised salmon!!

The Chilean salmon industry's rampant use of antibiotics is once again under the microscope after a new report revealed that salmon producers are using record levels of the drugs to treat stocks suffering from salmonid rickettsial septicemia (SRS).

https://ecowatch.com/2016/06/14/chile-farmed-salmon-antibiotics/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 17, 2016, 12:55:31 PM
https://fsrn.org/2016/06/double-jeopardy-on-the-salish-sea-endangered-orcas-and-endangered-salmon/

A long time ago there were thousands of orcas, as legend has it, with salmon and herring spawning by the millions. Today southern resident whales who migrate through the Salish Sea and up and down the west coast foraging for salmon, number just 83. A recent baby boom offer some hope but diminishing runs of salmon and a toxic stew of pollution and noise points to a different outcome. Martha Baskin reports from Seattle

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 12, 2016, 21:28:53 PM
News about the future of Columbia river salmon and steelhead

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2016/07/11/future-salmon-steelhead-fishing-columbia-river/86950488/


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 14, 2016, 15:25:21 PM
Landmark Rulings Could Be Boon to Pacific Northwest Salmon

Recent rulings in US federal court could have a significant impact on the population and lifespan of salmon in Northwest rivers. The health and number of salmon in rivers in the region—which includes Canada, Washington State, Oregon, California, and Idaho—has long presented challenges.

In late June, a federal appeals court ruled that treaties guarantee Native American tribes have a right to fish for salmon. The court also ruled that the tribes also have a right for there to be salmon to catch.

The interests of Native American tribes, which were promised the right to salmon in treaties signed 150 years ago, have sometimes clashed with interests in the industrial, energy, development, and agricultural sectors. Changes in the natural environment have through pollution and global warming have also contributed to the decline in salmon runs over time, according to numerous extensive studies by biologists.

more at: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2111722-landmark-rulings-could-be-boon-to-pacific-northwest-salmon/


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 22, 2016, 09:51:49 AM
Everything You Want to Know About Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)

http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/sockeye-salmon-facts/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 23, 2016, 08:33:30 AM
http://www.ktoo.org/2016/07/22/2016-year-bristol-bay-landed-2-millionth-salmon/


Bristol Bay is home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world. Over 132 years of commercial effort, now more than 2 billion salmon have been harvested from the Bay's waters. In fact, the 2 billionth salmon was landed sometime, by someone, on July 6, 2016.

It fell to Bob King, the longtime news director at KDLG and now avid fish historian, to announce this milestone in an essay he penned last fall.

"Since the canned salmon industry came to to Bristol bay in 1884, fishermen have landed 1.99 billion salmon, 93 percent of which were sockeye." King wrote. "It took 95 years for Bristol Bay to produce its first billion salmon, the two billionth fish will come just 38 years after that."

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 01, 2016, 15:32:22 PM
With Record Antibiotic Use, Concerns Mount that Chile's Salmon Farms Are Brewing Superbugs!

In a bid to combat an epidemic fish disease, last year Chile's aquaculture industry doused its salmon with 557 metric tons of antibiotics — a record high on a per-fish basis. This flood of drugs may be breeding bacteria able to withstand antibiotics widely used in human medicine. But a tight-lipped industry and opaque supply chains are keeping consumers in the dark about how their salmon was raised.


http://oceana.org/blog/record-antibiotic-use-concerns-mount-chile%E2%80%99s-salmon-farms-are-brewing-superbugs
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 02, 2016, 10:49:37 AM
Salmon decline a mystery?!



Ask scientists about the decline of the Yukon River's chinook salmon run, and they'll tell you they know one thing for sure — it's for real.

After that, it gets harder.

"There's all sorts of different possibilities and probably not one single reason why the fish decline or rebound," said Peter Hagen from Juneau, Alaska, where he works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which conducts much of the U.S. fisheries research.


http://www.castanet.net/news/Canada/172130/Salmon-decline-a-mystery
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 21, 2016, 09:58:07 AM
Fraser River sockeye run lowest on record, commission says -

This year's Fraser River sockeye run is the lowest in more than 120 years, and the Watershed Watch Salmon Society says it all has to do with climate change.

"The salmon are suffering because of the changing environment of which we, as British Columbians, have some responsibility for," said WWSS fisheries adviser Greg Taylor of the fishery, which ended Aug. 12.

"There's a great link between (Premier) Christy Clark's inaction on climate change and river temperatures that are lethal to salmon." Taylor was commenting after the Pacific Salmon Commission released an update Friday by its Fraser River Panel on the migration of the river's sockeye and a review of the status of migration conditions in the river's watershed. -

See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/b-c/fraser-river-sockeye-run-lowest-on-record-commission-says-1.2327315#sthash.mqns3ePZ.dpuf

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 02, 2016, 12:51:06 PM
Judge Lets Cormorant Slaughter Continue (http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/09/02/judge-lets-cormorant-slaughter-continue.htm)

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) — A federal judge will allow the Army Corps of Engineers to keep shooting native cormorants by the thousands, to reduce predation on young salmon, despite objections from environmentalists who say the slaughter doesn't address the real cause of dwindling salmon populations: hydroelectric dams.
     The Audubon Society of Portland led an April 2015 lawsuit against the Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, claiming that the plan scapegoated a natural predator and had little effect on survival rates of young salmon.
     Chief among the Audubon Society's arguments is that there are so many factors that determine whether a salmon will return from sea to spawn in its native waters that the government's focus on cormorant predation was not only fruitless, but hurt a native bird protected by the Migratory Species Act.



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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 14, 2016, 11:28:03 AM
As salmon dwindle, whales die

Governor Jay Inslee visited the San Juan Islands over Labor Day weekend for two reasons: to secure voters, and to get a little peace and quiet. While he did find those two things, he was also confronted with something else—orca advocates seeking help for the region's Southern Resident killer whales.

On the morning of September 3, atop Mount Grant, Inslee listened to the pleas of the orca group to remove dams from the Snake River to help replenish wild salmon stocks. In turn, he asked the group—which included both concerned scientists and citizens—questions about the importance of Columbia-Snake River Basin and its salmon to the orcas. The answer: With dams on the Columbia, there are fewer salmon, and with fewer salmon, the orcas will continue starving to death.

"We leave dams on rivers when they're not needed anymore, continue to put toxins in the water and then build fish hatcheries and farms which have their own problems," says Dr. Deborah Giles, research director at the Center for Whale Research who was one of the orca advocates who spoke to Inslee on Mount Grant. "Normally nature is resilient, but now the salmon have diminished to a level where they can't rebound."

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/13/as-salmon-dwindle-whales-die/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 16, 2016, 09:01:38 AM
Photographer's work highlights connection between Alaska's forests, salmon and people


Award-winning nature photographer Amy Gulick has a special place in her heart for Alaska's salmon and how these fish affect not only the coastal and riparian ecosystems where they spawn, but are also a vital part of the Tongass National Forest's ecology far away from the water's edge.

Gulick's book, "Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest," focuses on this subject. Since its publication, it has won two Nautilus Book Awards and an Independent Publisher Book Award. Meanwhile, Gulick continues to photograph Alaska's rich ecological stories, including a current conservation photography project.

We talked with Gulick about her work, how she manages to push away compassion fatigue during tough conservation photography work, and how her photography has changed the world in a positive way.

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http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/photographers-work-highlights-connection-between-alaskas-forests-salmon-people
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 16, 2016, 09:23:23 AM
On another note Commercial Salmon Farming continues to cause concern!

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http://www.troymedia.com/2016/09/14/not-well-salmon-farming/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 21, 2016, 12:01:47 PM
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Research has confirmed that escaped farmed salmon are breeding with wild salmon and producing offspring in many rivers in Newfoundland."We did find evidence of successful breeding between farmed and wild salmon. Approximately a third of the individuals we sampled showed evidence of hybrid ancestry," said Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientist Ian Bradbury, of the unpublished study presented at an international aquaculture conference in St. John's on Tuesday.

Researchers studied thousands of fish in 18 rivers on the island's south coast, and found evidence of interbreeding in 17 of them.

"It was widespread across a suite of the rivers that we looked at. I think there was only one river where we didn't see evidence of hybridization," said Bradbury.

It's estimated that over the decades since the advent of aquaculture, more than 750,000 salmon have escaped from fish farms in the province. The new study sheds light on what happens to them in the wild.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/dfo-study-confirms-widespread-mating-of-farmed-wild-salmon-in-nl/ar-BBwrxbY
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 28, 2016, 10:14:56 AM
FOOD
Consumers Urged to Avoid Buying Salmon to Let Depleted Fisheries Recover

http://www.alternet.org/food/consumers-urged-avoid-buying-salmon-let-depleted-fisheries-recover


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Post by: driver on September 28, 2016, 11:20:07 AM
I don't know how depleted the fishery is. Aaron could probably fill us in on that.

But I haven't bought salmon in many years. Mainly from my boycott of farm raised. And personaly I think salmon is a very bland meat. It may be better on the west coast where its fresher.
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Post by: Dougfish on September 28, 2016, 11:23:12 AM
It's going to be tough to not buy wild. We have some salmon recipes that are awesome, Jason.  :P

No farmed, no salmon at restaurants.
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Post by: benben reincarnated on September 28, 2016, 11:53:49 AM
Quote from: Dougfish on September 28, 2016, 11:23:12 AM
It's going to be tough to not buy wild. We have some salmon recipes that are awesome, Jason.  :P

No farmed, no salmon at restaurants.

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Post by: Grannyknot on September 28, 2016, 12:35:43 PM
dang.  not long ago they were telling us sockeye was one of the more sustainable wild caught species.
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Post by: driver on September 28, 2016, 12:38:42 PM
Quote from: Dougfish on September 28, 2016, 11:23:12 AM
It's going to be tough to not buy wild. We have some salmon recipes that are awesome, Jason.  [emoji14]

No farmed, no salmon at restaurants.
Thats the deal will salmon. It tastes like whatever you cook it in. I can do that with chicken or dolphin
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Post by: Aka on September 28, 2016, 16:50:44 PM
First off, gawt damn Jason, salmon in no way resembles chicken in flavor. Of all fish salmon is one of the most unique tasting.

Knowing where your fish comes from makes a big difference in whether you're eating a high quality, sustainable product or trash that's been fed pellets and antibiotics in a pen.

Alaska manages its salmon pretty well but some areas and types of fishing are better managed than others.I only buy wild caught Alaskan salmon and try to buy only Bristol Bay salmon or troll caught Southeast Alaskan coho and King salmon. Troll caught fish is one of the most sustainable methods.

Bristol Bay, with its four major sockeye rivers had a record year this past summer with overall return of 51 million sockeye, that's around 331,500,000 pounds of fish. Of those less than 10 million escape the nets and go upstream to their lakes to spawn. Bristol Bay is geographically blessed and is an ideal management area. The low number of rivers, sole species (sockeye), and high stock returns make AK F&G and fisheries biologists jobs easier. Salmon reruns in the rivers of Bristol Bay count into the millions of sockeye each season. Management of Lower Cook Inlet, Southeast Alaska, Prince William Sound, and even Kodiak island to some extent are a harder animals because they contain many small streams with medium to small annual returns. Further complicating things in these areas is the fact that most of those streams get 3-5 species of salmon returning each summer. The same is true for the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

The article would be a lot better if it addressed the wild salmon that shouldn't be bought rather than lump all wild salmon together. Washington state and the Oregon have no reason to allow commercial salmon fishing. Their runs have been depleted for so long that until they can get the Feds to remove damns on the Columbia and other major salmon streams they're screwed and shouldn't be harvesting any fish. I like Canada and most Canadians I've meet have been good people but they are fucking their salmon up bad. Until they end salmon farming I will boycott Canadian fish altogether.


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Post by: Big J on September 28, 2016, 17:11:15 PM
So what your saying is "yes to pebble mine"?
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Post by: Aka on September 28, 2016, 18:30:56 PM
I'll deep fry a Muskie and post pictures if you're not careful Big J.


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 05, 2016, 12:34:19 PM
Napa fish monitoring shows mixed results for salmon, trout


California's five-year drought may be taking a toll on the Napa County's steelhead trout population, though Chinook salmon appear to be making a modest comeback.


The Napa County Resource Conservation District each spring operates a funnel-shaped fish monitoring trap in the Napa River between Napa and the Oak Knoll Avenue bridge. The district recently released data from this year's program.


Chinook salmon and steelhead trout are species of special note. Various volunteer and regulatory efforts are underway to boost fish populations that have plummeted since pioneer days.

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/napa-fish-montoring-shows-mixed-results-for-salmon-trout/article_c8a008cc-8fd3-5f89-8437-199a9c77a0d0.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 12, 2016, 20:40:35 PM
fuk Stanford and their stinkin dam...

SF Bay ecosystem collapsing as rivers diverted, scientists report
WASHINGTON — Evidence of what scientists are calling the planet's Sixth Mass Extinction is appearing in San Francisco Bay and its estuary, the largest on the Pacific Coast of North and South America, according to a major new study.

So little water is flowing from the rivers that feed the estuary, which includes the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, Suisun Marsh and the bay, that its ecosystem is collapsing, scientists who conducted the study say.
 
Human extraction of water from the rivers is not only pushing the delta smelt toward extinction, they say, but also threatening dozens more fish species and many birds and marine mammals, including orca whales, that depend on the estuary's complex food web.

The findings by scientists at the Bay Institute, an environmental group, underline conclusions already reached by state regulators and are intended to buttress the environmental case for potentially drastic water restrictions in San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area, and among farmers in the northern San Joaquin Valley.

The State Water Resources Control Board moved last month to require that Californians leave far more water — 40 percent of what would naturally flow during spring — in the San Joaquin River and its three main tributaries, the Tuolumne, Merced and Stanislaus rivers, in an effort to save fish species.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/SF-Bay-ecosystem-collapsing-as-rivers-diverted-9953776.php
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 12, 2016, 20:43:15 PM
More damn dam news...

"Scientists tell us that removing the four Lower Snake dams is the single most important action we could take to restore salmon in the entire Columbia-Snake river basin," said Sam Mace of Save Our Wild Salmon

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2016/10/12/global-warming-versus-salmon-dam-if-you-do-dam-if-you-dont/#8e35ce2614ef
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 19, 2016, 11:41:45 AM
What happened to the pink salmon?

Prince William Sound pink salmon fishermen are glad to have this season, described by one captain as "biblically bad" behind them. The salmon harvest was less than 30% of the expected harvest for this year. Prince William Sound was not alone; Kodiak, Cook Inlet, and Chignik all had pink salmon harvests that were a fraction of their usual size. Southeast Alaska showed slightly better salmon returns but the numbers were still far short of projections. While fishermen try to pick up the pieces of an unprofitable summer, a lot of people have the same question: "What happened?"

Deputy Director of ADF&G Commercial Fisheries Forrest Bowers believes "there are issues related to survival in the North Pacific. We can control freshwater quality, and the freshwater habitat is generally pristine." The fishery is also managed for "escapement goals." Every year the first priority of management is to ensure that enough fish return to their natal streams to create the generation of fish that will return two years later. There were no problems with freshwater habitat or escapement two years ago.

http://sewardcitynews.com/2016/10/happened-pink-salmon/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 19, 2016, 11:52:23 AM
Feds unveil recovery plan for salmon habitats


California Coastal Chinook salmon and Northern California steelhead are now part of the NOAA Fisheries' Coastal Final Recovery Plan, which is set to implement strategies for returning the fish to self-sustaining population levels.

For the past 100 years, development and the conversion of forestlands to urban and agricultural lands led to the fish populations' decline according to the recovery plan and both the Chinook and steelhead were listed as threatened from 1997 to 2000 under the federal Endangered Species Act.

NOAA Fisheries Northern California Office Recovery Coordinator Julie Weeder said the recovery plan encompassed areas from Redwood Creek in Humboldt County to Aptos Creek in Santa Cruz County. She said the plan will acknowledge several deterrents both species face throughout their life stages, which span from their early life in freshwater to their maturation in the ocean and their inevitable return to freshwater for reproduction and spawning.

http://www.times-standard.com/article/NJ/20161018/NEWS/161019798
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 27, 2016, 17:34:21 PM

Feds release recovery plan for Snake River salmon, steelhead

By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Changes in how dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers are operated are needed to improve migratory conditions for protected runs of Snake River chinook salmon and steelhead, federal officials say; a proposed recovery plan released Thursday by the National Marine Fisheries Service also said habitat needs to be improved in tributaries where fish spawn and in the Columbia River estuary where young fish transition to ocean life.

The Snake River and its tributaries in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state at one time supported more than half of the Columbia River basin's summer steelhead and more than 40 percent of the spring and summer chinook salmon.

But in the 1990s the two runs were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The 262-page recovery plan is described as a roadmap for federal agencies, state governments, tribes and private entities to use for possible action that could boost the two runs.

The plan sets goals before delisting can be attained. The goals, which include the number of returning fish, are broken down into the various streams that make up the Snake River Basin, with some streams in better shape than others.

For some populations "we may see substantial and quick movement in productivity, and in others it may take longer," said Ritchie Graves of the National Marine Fisheries Service during a news conference Thursday.

Scientists acknowledged gaps in knowledge in creating the plan. The reason for losses of young fish in tributaries is not clear, for example. And what young fish do when exiting the Columbia River into the Pacific Ocean in what is recognized as a unique ecosystem called the plume is also not clear.

"The importance of understanding how fish survive and don't survive in the plume has become increasingly important," said Rosemary Furfey, recovery coordinator for the Fisheries Service.

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2016/oct/27/feds-release-recovery-plan-snake-river-salmon-steelhead/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 22, 2016, 12:05:04 PM
https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/11/22/will-removing-klamath-dams-lead-to-a-salmon-revival/

Year after year, volunteers return to tributaries of the Klamath River, just like the fish they're trying to help do the same thing.

Jimmy Peterson, a fisheries project coordinator for the Mid-Klamath Watershed Council, places rocks and stones to make fish passages in Fort Goff Creek, 60 miles up from the river's mouth on California's North Coast.

"This creek has extremely awesome habitat up top here," Peterson says. "Extremely awesome."

Then he translates: "The water stays really cold and there's plenty of nice spawning gravel that go up fairly far into the watershed. There's not a lot of human activity up there either, so it's fairly untouched."

Scientists estimate that a century ago, hundreds of thousands of coho may have run up the Klamath's streams and tributaries. Now it's a few thousand. Federal and private grants fund the council's work, helping coho access "extremely awesome" habitat because coho are threatened with extinction.

Dams aren't the only reason salmon, trout and other fish need help on the Klamath. But they are a big one. The promise of dam removal is free passage for fish up to cooler spots and native headwaters. And the Klamath River, near California's northern border, may become the next big western river to see that happen. Federal energy regulators are considering a plan that would open hundreds of miles of the Klamath to the potential of the largest river restoration in U.S. history.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 17, 2017, 15:17:08 PM
A MAJOR milestone in salmon conservation has been reavealed as the fishing season on the River Tay opened today. The opening at Meikleour on the River Tay has been boosted by confirmation that the "dry" River Garry tributary will flow again after over 60 years.Spawning salmon will have access following a landmark agreement. A section of one of the Tay's most important tributaries is soon to have consistent flows restored after decades of very extensive water abstraction.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/dry-tayside-salmon-river-tributary-reopens-after-60-years-1-4340573
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 10, 2017, 21:56:32 PM
Truckloads of baby fish hauled to river in restoration plan http://koin.com/ap/truckloads-of-tiny-fish-hauled-to-river-in-restoration-plan/ via @koinnewsp


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 16, 2017, 09:04:16 AM
After an absence of more than a decade, a trickle of salmon are finally finding their way back to Sonoma County streams, thanks to private landowners and a coalition of conservationists.

Roughly 22 million years ago, the fish we know as salmon evolved the complicated biology they needed to commute between inland freshwater streams and the open salty ocean. Thus began one of the most remarkable life cycle journeys known on the planet.

Two million years ago, on the ancient California coastline, the salmon would have found a perfect cold and clear waterway emptying into the Pacific near the mouth of today's Russian River. Running a hundred miles back among high ridges and dense redwood forest, its widely branching network of creeks and tributaries made ideal habitat for the spawning fish and its young.

And that paleo-Russian River has been the salmon's home ever since.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/6779466-181/baby-salmon-trickle-back-to?artslide=0

https://youtu.be/doH_RXbXXJg


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 16, 2017, 10:19:41 AM
Coho salmon reintroduced into Grande Ronde Basin

The Lostine River flowed gently Thursday afternoon through Wolfe Ranch near Wallowa, where a truck hauling young coho salmon backed slowly down a gravel drive to the water's edge.

For the first time in 31 years, coho were released into the Grande Ronde Basin, following a ceremony hosted by the Nez Perce Tribe and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Approximately 50 people gathered to celebrate the occasion, marking a major milestone in the effort to restore a once-abundant fishery.

Guests watched from just upstream of the tribe's Lostine salmon weir as a thick hose connected to the tanker belched tens of thousands of finger-size smolts into the river. Silver flashes darted around the stream bank before the fish eventually took to the current and began their long journey to the Pacific Ocean.

http://www.wallowa.com/local_news/20170311/coho-salmon-reintroduced-into-grande-ronde-basin


https://youtu.be/ZRdBB8GW_Ho


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 21, 2017, 20:05:58 PM
Measures save young salmon after failure of Oroville Dam spillway

A million fingerling salmon, rescued from almost certain death after the Oroville Dam spillway fell apart last month, began their remarkable journey to the ocean Monday by being launched unceremoniously out of tanker trucks into the Feather River.

The flapping, flopping chinook were poured through pipes into the water at a Yuba City boat ramp, where their trek downstream to the ocean, through a gantlet of predators and environmental perils, started amid cheers from biologists and schoolchildren on a field trip.

The lucky fish are among 2 million spring-run chinook moved from the state-run Feather River Fish Hatchery last month after a gaping hole opened in the main spillway at Oroville Dam and erosion on the emergency spillway sent plumes of suffocating silt into their rearing pens.


http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Measures-save-young-salmon-after-failure-of-11015659.php
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 26, 2017, 09:15:59 AM
https://www.newsdeeply.com/water/community/2017/07/26/salmon-tribal-interests-at-stake-in-columbia-river-treaty-update

The 50-year-old treaty with Canada governing the massive Columbia River system is up for revision. Aaron Wolf of Oregon State University explains what's at stake as the two nations begin to discuss changes.
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Post by: Aka on July 28, 2017, 19:49:20 PM
"Bristol Bay red salmon run smashes records"

https://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/fishing/2017/07/28/bristol-bay-red-salmon-run-smashes-records/






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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 04, 2017, 08:43:15 AM
SEATTLE — The company whose collapsed net pens released thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound is planning to stock another marine facility off Bainbridge Island with a million juvenile fish despite a request from the governor not to do so.

Gov. Jay Inslee had asked Cooke Aquaculture not to move fish from its hatchery to other saltwater net pens until the investigation into the Aug. 19 salmon farm collapse at its Cypress Island facility was completed.


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https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/company-behind-farmed-fish-escape-to-move-more-salmon/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 10, 2017, 10:53:41 AM
Photo of salmon deterrent mats courtesy Trans Mountain website.
After swimming 1,300 kilometres upstream to their spawning grounds near the headwaters of the Fraser River, Chinook salmon returning to Swift Creek this year found their gravel beds blocked by a bright orange layer of snow fencing.

Kinder Morgan, the pipeline company that put it there, patted itself on the back for its "innovative" use of the deterrent mats, which prevent salmon from digging nests in the streambed to spawn. Of course, the only problem is it didn't have permission to install them.

But the company went ahead with its plans, although it had not met its conditions, to start construction without the necessary permits. This reckless behaviour is shocking from a company asking for the public's trust. 

On Sept. 8 the National Energy Board (NEB) sent a letter to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) asking for confirmation that this work, among other measures, would require authorization under the Fisheries Act. It noted Kinder Morgan's plans, "could constitute serious harm."

Kinder Morgan posted photos of Swift Creek lined with orange plastic even though DFO had not yet responded. If anybody else had gone into a major salmon-bearing stream and interfered with fish spawning, there would be absolute hell to pay. Violations of the Fisheries Actoften carry tens of thousands of dollars in fines but so far there's been no penalty at all.

Are we supposed to just trust that Kinder Morgan knows what it's doing? With dwindling salmon runs and starving killer whales, the company wants to use untested methods to prevent spawning in 26 streams along its pipeline route.


https://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/kinder-morgan-goes-rogue-proving-it-can-t-be-trusted
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Post by: Aka on October 11, 2017, 18:29:30 PM
"This year, 56 million sockeye salmon swam hundreds of miles from the ocean toward the rivers and streams of the Bristol Bay watershed in southwest Alaska.

Many that escaped fishermen and bears leapt over waterfalls and used a mysterious combination of the Earth's magnetic field and their own sensory memories to locate the exact streams where they were born -- and then spawned, made gravel nests for their young, and died.
"It seems like a heroic -- and perhaps tragic -- life cycle," said Thomas Quinn, a professor at the University of Washington who has been studying fish in Bristol Bay for 30 years.
The salmon's incredible migration also sustains people: Nearly half of the world's sockeye catch comes from this one region, which is one of the last, great salmon fisheries on Earth. The returning salmon and other ecological resources create some 14,000 full- and part-time jobs, generate about $480 million annually -- and support 4,000-year-old Alaska Native cultures.
Now, however, Quinn and others fear this cycle could be strained if not broken.
For more than 15 years, Northern Dynasty Minerals, a Canadian mining company, has sought to build a gold and copper mine in Bristol Bay. And this spring, the Trump administration took swift action to make that prospect more likely..."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/10/politics/bristol-bay-salmon-invs/index.html


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 21, 2017, 11:40:13 AM
Marine mammals on the West Coast may now be eating more Chinook salmon than those being caught by commercial and recreational fisheries combined, a new study finds.

It shows that recovering populations of killer whales, sea lions, and harbor seals have dramatically increased their consumption of Chinook salmon in the last 40 years.

"We have been successful at restoring and improving the population status of protected marine mammals," said Brandon Chasco, a doctoral candidate at Oregon State University and lead author of the study. "But now we have the potential for protected seals and sea lions to be competing with protected killer whales, and all of which consume protected Chinook salmon."

The research was a collaboration of federal, state and tribal scientists in the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon State University and NOAA Fisheries.

http://www.king5.com/tech/science/environment/marine-mammals-catching-more-salmon-than-fishermen-harvest/493351252
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 21, 2017, 11:43:00 AM
A relatively new $13.5 million hatchery intended to save Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction is instead killing thousands of fish before they ever get to the ocean, and fisheries biologists in Idaho think they know why.

The Department of Fish and Game in information released this week says water chemistry at the Springfield Hatchery in eastern Idaho is so different from that in the central region that the young fish can't adjust when released into the wild.

"It's not a disaster, it's part of what you experience when you open a new hatchery," Paul Kline, Fish and Game's assistant fisheries chief, said in a post on the agency's website.

Idaho Rivers United, an environmental group, blasted the report as more reason for removing four dams on the lower Snake River that impede salmon.

"Until we address main-stem survival we're missing the biggest opportunity for these amazing fish," Kevin Lewis, the group's executive director, said in a statement.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/experts-idaho-hatchery-built-save-salmon-killing-51227241
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Post by: Dougfish on November 21, 2017, 13:58:55 PM
Fucking humans!  n!n :;! n!n :;!
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 28, 2017, 22:06:02 PM
A Canadian fish processing plant is under scrutiny after footage was released showing bloody effluent being discharged into British Columbia's waters. The "very graphic" images have raised concerns the wastewater could spread disease to the province's Pacific wild salmon population.
A constant stream of billowing bright red liquid is seen rippling and mixing into the otherwise clear waters.
"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," says photographer Tavish Campbell who filmed the footage during underwater dives between Vancouver Island and the mainland.
"I was grossed out at the same time I was feeling mad," he says. "I was just in shock."
The effluent flowed into waters around BC's Discovery Islands where wild Fraser River sockeye salmon migrate each year .
The red water samples collected later tested positive for pathogens potentially harmful to fish: PRV and Piscirickettsia salmonis bacteria.


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42115794
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 04, 2017, 12:26:35 PM

Baby endangered California salmon use different rivers than expected, research shows

Biologists assumed baby winter-run Chinook salmon hung out in the Sacramento River where they hatched until they grew large enough to make the trip downstream to the Pacific Ocean.

A recently released scientific study challenges that assumption – and may have implications in how fisheries agencies manage Sacramento Valley waterways to protect the critically endangered fish.

In a paper published online last week in the journal Biological Conservation, a team of California researchers revealed a surprising finding: Juvenile winter-run Chinook aren't just using the Sacramento River as rearing habitat; after hatching, they also venture in large numbers into the river's tributaries, including creeks that feed into it below Redding, as well the Feather and the American rivers.

Winter-run Chinook are a distinct species of salmon that return each year to spawn and die in the Sacramento River near Redding. As recently as the 1960s, tens of thousands of adult fish used to make the one-way journey.

http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article187861334.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 05, 2017, 15:50:03 PM
iver-watchers saw a small uptick in the number of Atlantic salmon that returned to the Penobscot River this year, but the total — 840 — still meant that for a sixth consecutive year, fewer than 1,000 salmon were counted, according to data compiled by the Maine Department of Marine Resources Division of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat.

Since salmon returns began at the Veazie Dam in 1978 (now counts are done at Milford), that's the longest string of sub-1,000 years recorded. Another four-year string of sub-1,000-fish years occurred from 1999 through 2002.


http://outthere.bangordailynews.com/2017/12/04/fishing/840-atlantic-salmon-counted-on-the-penobscot-this-year/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 08, 2017, 13:48:06 PM
The Hope Island Fish Farm floats in the middle of Puget Sound, about a 15-minute boat ride from Whidbey Island's Deception Pass. Narrow metal walkways surround giant nets anchored to the bottom of the sound. Those nets hold thousands of Atlantic salmon--though it's difficult to see them until they jump.

Tom Glaspie is the site manager. As he talks, rotating metal tubes spray fish food out over the water.

Glaspie said he dives in with the fish about once a month to check that the nets are still properly anchored.

"It's very dark down there," Glaspie said. "Swim right through them, and you won't see a single fish."

Atlantic salmon have been farmed in the Sound for more than 30 years. That's in part because Atlantic salmon are domesticated: They grow faster than Pacific salmon and don't get into fights in the pens. It's like the difference between raising cattle and raising bison.

There are environmental reasons as well. When Atlantic salmon escape, they can't breed with native salmon. But, if Pacific salmon were to be domesticated and to escape, they could breed with wild fish and dilute their genetic stock.

Part 1
http://nwpr.org/post/does-atlantic-salmon-fish-farming-puget-sound-have-future

Part 2
http://nwpr.org/post/future-northwest-fish-farming-may-be-all-land





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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 12, 2017, 11:31:03 AM
More than three months after about 100,000 Atlantic salmon escaped a net pen in Puget Sound, they are still turning up strong and lively in the Skagit River.

Strong, silvery and feisty, the Atlantic salmon hit the boat deck, thrashing and thumping. It was the sixth one the Upper Skagit Indian fishing crew caught that day.

More than three months after a massive escape of Atlantic salmon from Cooke Aquaculture's net pen at Cypress Island, Atlantics are still turning up very much alive in the Skagit River, one of Washington's premier Pacific salmon strongholds.


Out to collect chum for broodstock for the tribe's hatchery, the crew drifted a quarter-mile stretch of the river, putting in at Hamilton, Skagit County. They caught more Atlantics than anything else: more than coho, more than chum, more than Dolly Varden trout, more even than suckers.

Caught more than 42 miles up the Skagit in a brief fishery in just a short stretch of river, those Atlantics were surely not the only ones in the river or the region, said Scott Schuyler, natural-resources director for the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, based in Sedro-Woolley.


https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/escaped-atlantic-salmon-found-42-miles-up-skagit-river/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 18, 2017, 11:26:39 AM
State cancels Atlantic salmon farm lease at Port Angeles


Cooke Aquaculture Pacific has lost the lease for its Atlantic salmon net-pen farm in Port Angeles and must shut down and remove it, said Hilary Franz, state commissioner of public lands, who terminated the lease.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 22, 2017, 10:39:13 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/21/homepage2/alaska-mine-pebble-epa-invs/index.html

See Video in Link!


A mining company announced on Thursday that it is proceeding with plans to build an Alaskan gold and copper mine, which critics say threatens to pollute the home of the world's largest wild sockeye salmon population.

Northern Dynasty Minerals said it would file on Friday to begin the permit process to develop the controversial project, known as Pebble Mine.
The move was made possible after Environmental Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt removed special protections that were placed on the Bristol Bay watershed during the Obama administration. Canadian-based Northern Dynasty, parent company of Pebble Limited Partnership, acknowledged it was the withdrawal of the EPA's protection under the Clean Water Act that has allowed the mine permit process to move forward.

Initial plans for the gold and copper mine to be built in the Bristol Bay watershed were extremely controversial, resulting in a yearslong environmental study by the EPA.
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Post by: BRFFF on September 01, 2018, 07:30:13 AM
https://www.king5.com/amp/article?section=news&subsection=local&headline=green-river-project-underway-to-save-salmon&contentId=281-588194673

Green River Project to restore habitat


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Post by: BRFFF on September 01, 2018, 07:33:56 AM
https://www.thedailyworld.com/news/rising-yakima-river-temperatures-pose-threat-to-salmon/

Global warming and drought are causing higher water temperatures on the  Yakima threatening salmon populations 


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Post by: BRFFF on September 01, 2018, 07:36:38 AM
http://amp.thenewstribune.com/latest-news/article217577900.html

Nearly 1 million more Atlantic salmon are headed to Puget Sound, a year after a catastrophic fish escape caused by the same company that now is stocking more pens.


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 26, 2018, 09:43:17 AM
Coho salmon come home to Lostine River after 40-year absence
Two fish return, with perhaps thousands close behind

After a nearly 40-year absence, the first adult coho salmon entered the mouth of the Lostine River Sunday night. The silvery female is returning to the river where she was released as hatchery smolt in 2017.
According to Rick Zollman, production supervisor at the Nez Perce Tribe's Lostine River weir, the female was 57 centimeters long, healthy and ripe with eggs. Just a day later, a 71 centimeter male coho found his way into the fish trap at the mouth of the river.
In an email Tuesday morning announcing the return of the first two fish from the 2017 release, Jim Harbeck, manager of the Nez Perce Tribe's Joseph Fisheries office, joked, "Now they're a couple."
What isn't a joke are the odds these fish overcame to get to the Lostine. Part of a reintroduction project sponsored by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Tribe, this first couple of adult coho were some of 500,000 smolt, juvenile salmon ready to migrate to the ocean, released during a ceremony March 9, 2017.


https://www.lagrandeobserver.com/home/6624935-151/coho-salmon-come-home-to-lostine-river-after
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 26, 2018, 09:45:00 AM
Tossing salmon for science
A decades-long experiment demonstrates how the iconic fish help trees grow.


Every year thousands of sockeye salmon meet their end in Hansen Creek, a pebble-strewn tributary of Lake Aleknagik in southwestern Alaska, whether from old age or at the paws and jaws of a brown bear. Either way, they're almost certainly destined to rot away on the north-facing bank of the stream.That's because professors, researchers and students have been systematically tossing their carcasses to that side of the creek for the last 20 years. The scientists count and measure the carcasses and then toss them out of the streambed and up into the forest using wooden poles with metal hooks on the end, called gaffs. In total, they tossed about 295 tons of salmon onto Hansen Creek's north-facing bank to avoid double counting surveyed fish. In doing so, they have created a unique opportunity to study exactly how salmon fertilize the forest.

Over the past 20 years, researchers across the Northwest have shown that salmon play an essential role in forests: Trees next to salmon-bearing streams appear to grow better than their salmon-deprived counterparts, and the nutrients salmon bring from the ocean make their way into the needles and wood of trees. But this experiment, https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ecy.2453 described in a recently published paper, led by Tom Quinn, a professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, proves a basic fact: More salmon means faster growing trees.

https://www.hcn.org/articles/scientific-research-tossing-salmon-for-science
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 04, 2018, 11:21:53 AM
LEWISTON – Three adult coho salmon, the first from an effort by the Nez Perce Tribe to re-establish an extinct run, have returned to the Lostine River.

The fish, which were among the more than 500,000 smolts released into the river in March 2017, were trapped at a weir near the town of Lostine this week. More fish are on their way.

Before the smolts were released last year, about 5,000 were implanted with tiny electronic tags that allow them to be detected as they pass dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers. According to the latest information available, an estimated 2,100 of the fish have climbed fish ladders at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River and about 300 have crossed Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River.

Becky Johnson, production manager for the tribe's fisheries division, said there haven't been two adult coho in the Lostine River since 1966. The run was officially declared extinct in the 1980s.


http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/nov/03/three-adult-coho-salmon-have-returned-to-lostine-r/

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 09, 2018, 16:05:04 PM
https://www.adn.com/politics/2018/11/06/stand-for-salmon-measure-losing-as-early-results-stream-in/


Ballot measure meant to boost salmon protections loses decisively

A ballot measure designed to boost protections for salmon and other fish failed by a large margin Tuesday night amid an onslaught of heavy opposition spending by powerful oil and mining interests.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting by 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Ballot Measure 1 received 145,997 votes against, and 83,479 votes in favor, a 64-to-36 margin.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 09, 2018, 16:08:00 PM
With salmon ballot measure's defeat, Pebble celebrates

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/11/08/with-salmon-ballot-measures-defeat-pebble-celebrates/

By a significant margin, Alaska voters defeated Ballot Measure 1, commonly known as the Stand for Salmon initiative.
The controversial measure was aimed at increasing protections for Alaska's most iconic fish. It would have significantly toughened the environmental permitting process for large developments impacting salmon habitat.
The outcome was celebrated by a key figure pressing ahead on another controversial issue: the CEO of the Pebble Limited Partnership.
Pebble CEO Tom Collier said even though his company's mine proposal wasn't always at the forefront of the debate, the salmon habitat initiative was, in some ways, all about Pebble.
"It was clear that this initiative was aimed at trying to stop Pebble and to stop any other major significant resource development project in Alaska," Collier said in an interview Wednesday.

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Post by: Aka on November 12, 2018, 09:56:46 AM
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on November 09, 2018, 16:08:00 PM
With salmon ballot measure's defeat, Pebble celebrates

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/11/08/with-salmon-ballot-measures-defeat-pebble-celebrates/

By a significant margin, Alaska voters defeated Ballot Measure 1, commonly known as the Stand for Salmon initiative.
The controversial measure was aimed at increasing protections for Alaska's most iconic fish. It would have significantly toughened the environmental permitting process for large developments impacting salmon habitat.
The outcome was celebrated by a key figure pressing ahead on another controversial issue: the CEO of the Pebble Limited Partnership.
Pebble CEO Tom Collier said even though his company's mine proposal wasn't always at the forefront of the debate, the salmon habitat initiative was, in some ways, all about Pebble.
"It was clear that this initiative was aimed at trying to stop Pebble and to stop any other major significant resource development project in Alaska," Collier said in an interview Wednesday.

A bunch of fucking dipshits live in Alaska.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 13, 2018, 15:10:05 PM

a lousey reason to jump  :o


https://indianapublicmedia.org/amomentofscience/why-do-salmon-leap/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 13, 2018, 15:29:22 PM
This is a fish story about the steelhead trout that got away and then returned to Napa after a sojourn to the sea.
This threatened species journeys from the freshwater they are born in to the ocean and back to fresh water to spawn. Scientists have long assumed that adult steelhead in the Napa River are Napa natives.
But only this year has the Napa County Resource Conservation District (NCRD) verified scientifically that this case. Tiny tags implanted in the fish and an underwater antenna provided the proof.

Two Napa steelhead have beyond any doubt come home.
"That's what we had hopes for," NRCD senior biologist Jonathan Koehler said.
A thriving steelhead trout population in the Napa River would be a local triumph. Millions of dollars have been spent restoring fish-friendly habitat. State regulations require vineyard owners to reduce sediment runoff from their property to help steelhead and other fish.



https://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/fish-fastrak-system-shows-napa-steelhead-come-home/article_7bd2d455-3df7-5145-8ee4-e29e070550d7.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 03, 2018, 11:26:53 AM
Salmon River businesses brace for impact of suspended steelhead season

Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River was cut short this year, after a threat of a lawsuit from conservation groups forced the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to indefinitely suspend the season.
Businesses that rely on steelhead fishing are bracing for the suspension's economic impact and some are already feeling the effects.
The busiest times for steelhead fishing on the Salmon River are typically late fall and early spring. The season typically runs from approximately Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 to April 30. Fishing outfitters and guides along the river, from Salmon to Riggins, already are seeing spring booking cancellations due to the unknown status of spring steelhead season.

"It's going to hurt the whole community, all of the communities along the Salmon River and the Clearwater," said Jess Baugh, owner of Mountain River Outfitters, a family-owned fishing outfitter based in Riggins.

https://www.postregister.com/business/salmon-river-businesses-brace-for-impact-of-suspended-steelhead-season/article_3425b7ca-9f77-5670-8838-b3d5b9677fad.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 21, 2018, 10:36:51 AM
Investigators are examining whether the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife followed protocol before a power outage killed more than 6 million salmon at a Gig Harbor hatchery.


The Minter Creek Hatchery is like a nursery for salmon. The fish are raised from eggs all the way to juveniles ready for release.
The Gig Harbor hatchery suffered a catastrophic loss of more than 6 million Chinook salmon last week when a windstorm knocked out power, and a backup generator failed.
"These drawers each hold a little over 5,000 in each drawer. A portion of the population has suffocated. The rest of them are in fine shape and managed to get through this with us pumping some water into that head trough," explained South Puget Sound Hatchery Operations Manager Jim Jenkins.

https://www.king5.com/article/tech/science/environment/state-investigating-catastrophic-salmon-deaths-at-pierce-county-hatchery/281-ddc16476-e7d5-4adf-991a-240b3d18c1b9
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 21, 2018, 10:39:41 AM
Columbia, Snake salmon get three years of spring 'spill' help


Conservationists and commercial fishers cheered an agreement Tuesday among state, federal and tribal bodies to send more water over eight federally operated Northwest dams to aid endangered salmon.
Public power customers weren't so sure, though.
The agreement is intended to keep the contentious issue of how to protect juvenile fish migrating downstream on the Columbia and Snake rivers out of the courts for three years.

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/12/19/columbia-snake-salmon-get-three-years-of-spring.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 21, 2018, 10:44:03 AM
Targeting sea lions will help orcas, Columbia River salmon

When it comes to helping endangered orcas, Congress just knocked an important item off Washington state's lengthy to-do list.
The U.S. House and Senate have passed a measure that will make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on protected salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River basin. The bill will help protect the billions of government dollars already invested in salmon preservation, without causing long-term harm to sea-lion populations.

https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/targeting-sea-lions-will-help-orcas-columbia-river-salmon/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 23, 2018, 16:23:26 PM
Get paid to fish?

The average payment among the top 20 fishermen was $29,000 each. The top angler was paid a total of $71,000.


https://www.king5.com/amp/article?section=news&subsection=local&headline=over-180000-salmon-eating-fish-removed-during-annual-fishing-season&contentId=281-9cc64e0a-ab39-4b07-86f5-ce77f7d08f01


OVER 180,000 SALMON-EATING FISH REMOVED DURING ANNUAL FISHING SEASON

More than $1.4 million was paid to fishermen who caught northern pikeminnow in the Columbia and Snake rivers.



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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 23, 2018, 16:35:47 PM
Emergency efforts to save kokanee salmon continue!

Kokanee salmon are in jeopardy of extinction. Several groups are continuing their efforts to restore habitat before the fish disappear.


https://www.king5.com/mobile/article/tech/science/environment/emergency-efforts-to-save-kokanee-salmon-continue/281-d49e099f-3f63-4d6d-8770-548fd895993f
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 02, 2019, 09:51:09 AM


[font=&amp]Biologists are trying to determine whether a warm, dry fall is responsible for a drop in the number of landlocked Atlantic salmon that swam up a Lake Champlain tributary in Vermont to spawn this fall or if there could be other reasons behind a five-year decline.[/font]


[font=&amp][/size]U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service statistics found that 42 salmon were trapped at the Winooski River fish passage this fall at the dam between Burlington and the city of Winooski where technicians trap the fish and release them upstream so they can continue to their spawning grounds.[/font]
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 02, 2019, 11:38:27 AM
A Norwegian company plans to build one of the world's largest land-based salmon farms in Belfast, a project that would create 60 jobs within two years and up to 140 once it is completed, according to the company's chief executive officer.

Nordic Aquafarms, an international developer of land-based aquaculture, has signed agreements to purchase 40 acres on the outskirts of the city and plans an initial investment of $150 million in the project.

Nordic Aquafarms CEO Erik Heim said Tuesday his company chose Belfast after a six-month search that started in Japan and China, then took stock of Ireland and Spain before settling on Belfast. He announced the plan at the University of Maine's Hutchinson Center.

Heim cited Maine's "pristine environment, cold water conditions, long history as a leader in the seafood industry and proximity to major consumer markets in the Northeast United States," as reasons for choosing the Belfast location.

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/30/norwegian-company-to-build-large-land-based-salmon-farm-in-belfast

This is to be locate on the banks of the Little River, which, I believe has a population of sea-run brown trout  :o
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Post by: Dougfish on January 02, 2019, 12:27:28 PM
Ugh.
I hope all of you have stopped buying/ordering ocean farmed fish.
Buy wauld!

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Post by: BRFFF on January 05, 2019, 20:39:39 PM
Salmon and Orca connection; two intertwined endangered species.

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https://earther.gizmodo.com/an-extinction-event-is-unfolding-in-washington-state-1831499420


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https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/in-the-great-debate-to-save-the-orcas-the-apex-predator-is-missing/

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Post by: BRFFF on January 06, 2019, 15:38:57 PM
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https://www.timescolonist.com/islander/uncovering-the-secret-lives-of-salmon-1.23578248





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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 16, 2019, 10:22:54 AM
Atlantic Salmon making news to the east and west coasts. Fish farming is here to stay, there is no stopping it as the demand continues to increase. The Nordic Aquafarms project in Maine, a 40 acre land based farm on the Little River in Belfast is reporting that 80 acres will be set aside for a buffer and recreation as an effort to be a "good neighbor". While on the pacific coast the indigenous people of BC are suing the Canadian Federal Government over fish farms that they say are threatening there historic rights and cause harm to the native salmon.

https://www.undercurrentnews.com/2019/01/14/salmon-ras-company-nordic-aquafarms-to-preserve-80-acres-in-maine/

QuoteNordic Aquafarms, the Norwegian company looking to build a large land-based Atlantic salmon farm on 40 acres of land in the small city of Belfast, Maine, says it has agreed to develop a plan with the Belfast Water District (BWD) to preserve about 80 acres as undeveloped.
Details still need to be worked out, but the company said in a press release issued Sunday that the agreement would maintain the aesthetically pleasing land around the Little River reservoir off of Herrick Road. The plan calls for the city to acquire the property from BWD at a reduced charge, "subject to a deed restriction prohibiting any development on the property, including any commercial use of its water resources. The ultimate plan is to transfer the property to a land trust", the company said in a press release.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-salmon-farming-lawsuit-1.4976042

QuoteA British Columbia First Nation is suing the federal government for allowing Atlantic salmon farming in its waters, which it says is a violation of its Aboriginal rights.
Dzawada'enuxw First Nation filed a claim in Vancouver federal court Thursday alleging that 10 fish farms located in the waters of their Central Coast territory infringe on their Aboriginal rights to harvest eulachon and wild salmon.
The filing alleges the fish farms threaten eulachon and wild salmon by exposing them to viruses and parasites from Atlantic salmon and that the farms pollute the marine environment.
The suit claims the federal government, in issuing licences to the 10 farms, infringed their Aboriginal rights. The nation seeks an order quashing the licences.
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https://www.northdeltareporter.com/news/federal-project-to-boost-chinook-salmon-population-in-fraser-river-delta/


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 23, 2019, 17:26:41 PM
Freshwater wildlife face an uncertain future


Pacific salmon are one of Canada's iconic creatures. Each summer, they complete their, on average, four- to five-year-long life cycle by returning from their rich ocean feeding grounds to the creeks and streams where they were born. Here, following in the "footsteps" of their parents, they will lay eggs, die and give rise to the next generation of salmon.
This transit from freshwater to the sea and back again is sometimes thousands of kilometres long. It can also be treacherous — the fish must navigate steep river rapids and avoid voracious predators.
But the trek is only being made harder by unnatural challenges. Humans continue to dam and pollute rivers, overfish and introduce invasive plants and animals. And this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how humans are profoundly reshaping fresh waters in Canada and around the world.

http://theconversation.com/freshwater-wildlife-face-an-uncertain-future-108863
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Post by: BRFFF on January 25, 2019, 17:53:38 PM
As damn dams come down the fish return to spawn!

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 10, 2019, 09:44:38 AM
Washington State v. Trump in Fight to Save Salmon, Orcas

Trump’s disregard for clean water and wild species has reached Washington State. That’s not good news for the state’s endangered salmon or starving orcas. But Washington State seems ready to stand up to Trump. We can't let dirty politics make dirty rivers.

On Wednesday, Washington State announced its right under the Clean Water Act to require the federal governmentâ€"which owns and operates nine dams on the Columbia and Snake riversâ€"to reduce oil pollution and prevent hot temperatures in the rivers. Less than 48 hours later, the Trump administration yanked the underlying draft water pollution permits in what appears to be an attempt to thwart the state's right to protect its rivers.


https://www.nrdc.org/experts/giulia-cs-good-stefani/washington-state-v-trump-fight-save-salmon-orcas
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 11, 2019, 08:52:23 AM
Fish farming has come a long way from its humble origins 4,000 years ago in China, when cages were used to raise carp. Two years ago, fish farming surpassed a major hurdle in human history when the amount of consumed farmed fish globally exceeded that of wild-caught fish. That threshold speaks to the important role of aquaculture in feeding people. Fish farming is now the fastest-growing animal-food production sector in the world, according to a United Nations report.

https://www.all-turtles.com/2018/10/23/oceans-and-ai-the-new-age-of-aquaculture/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 14, 2019, 14:32:59 PM
â€" Don’t plan on fishing for Maine Atlantic salmon any time this century. In a new analysis of the state of endangered species, federal officials estimate that it will take 75 years â€" about 15 generations of fish â€" for populations of Gulf of Maine Atlantic salmon to be healthy enough for fishing to resume. Additionally, the plan estimates that the annual cost of implementing recovery actions will be $24 million per year on top of recovery-based efforts covered by regular federal budgets.

https://fiddleheadfocus.com/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 14, 2019, 14:43:37 PM
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) â€" The federal government outlined an ambitious, potentially costly new plan to restore Atlantic salmon in the United States, where rivers teemed with the fish before dams, pollution and overfishing decimated their populations.

The Atlantic salmon has declined in the U.S. to the point where the last remaining wild populations of in the U.S. exist only in a handful of rivers in Maine. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a new recovery plan to bring back those fish, which are listed under the Endangered Species Act.


https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/ambitious-new-plan-to-save-atlantic-salmon-has-big-price-tag/


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 18, 2019, 12:16:30 PM
The secret lives of salmon: Scientists to probe ailing Pacific stocks

An international coalition of scientists is about to investigate the mysteries of a troubled resource.

Twenty-one scientists from Russia, Canada, the United States, Japan and South Korea have taken residence on the Russian research ship MV Professor Kaganovsky for an unprecedented international expedition.
The five-week voyage will probe the secret lives of five Pacific salmon species with a massive grid search and test fishery across the Gulf of Alaska.

Before setting out Saturday, researchers scrambled to get their equipment stowed in the cramped laboratory space and backups to everything stored and below decks just in case.
What they hope to gain is an understanding of salmon health, behaviour and abundance that could revolutionize fisheries forecasting.

“We know virtually nothing about what happens to salmon once they leave nearshore waters in the Salish Sea,” said expedition organizer Dick Beamish.

The North Pacific is a proverbial black box that salmon swim into as juveniles and return from as adults, often ready to return to their home rivers and streams to spawn, he said.


https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/the-secret-lives-of-salmon-scientists-to-probe-ailing-pacific-stocks


https://youtu.be/X6tPcwSAyEI
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 19, 2019, 18:31:03 PM

The secret lives of salmon: Scientists to probe ailing Pacific stocks

https://youtu.be/plX38RnzxUo
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 25, 2019, 12:53:35 PM
Local Stakeholders Announce Major Investments in Klamath Basin


KLAMATH FALLS, OR â€" Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, joined by representatives from Klamath-area irrigation districts and tribes, today announced significant investments in the Klamath Basin were included in the 2019 spending bills that recently were passed by Congress and signed by the president.

“These big national bills often seem far removed from the concerns of life on the ground here in Oregon. But included in the spending package were bipartisan agricultural investments that are having real, lasting, on-the-ground impacts in rural communities throughout our stateâ€"including right here in the Klamath Basin,” Merkley said. “As the top Democrat on the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee, and the only member of the Oregon delegation in either chamber to serve on the appropriations committee, I will continue to work to ensure that programs critical to Oregon’s farmers, ranchers and tribes are funded, and that those in the Klamath Basin and agricultural communities across our state have the resources and support that they need to thrive.”


https://www.klamathfallsnews.org/news/local-stakeholders-announce-major-investments-in-klamath-basin

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 25, 2019, 17:50:37 PM
The Sony World Photography Awards is today to present underwater photographer Wu Yung-sen (吳永森) with this year’s Taiwan National Award for his image of migrating salmon, titled Intense.
Wu’s image “captures the incredible journey” of the Pacific salmon, “which come to the west coast of Canada from the distant sea every autumn, to return to their birthplace in the inland rivers,” award organizers Sony and the World Photography Organization said in a statement.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2019/02/26/2003710430
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 02, 2019, 15:13:09 PM
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/03/01/news/british-nautical-maps-century-ago-help-bc-researchers-chart-kelp-beds

A serendipitous meeting between a professor and a colleague last year led to a treasure trove of historical maps indicating kelp bed locations off British Columbia's coast, helping experts understand the changes in the ocean's rainforests.

University of Victoria geography Prof. Maycira Costa saw the squiggly lines on the yellowed, hand-drawn map in a picture frame above her colleague's desk.

The wall art was from 1903 and Costa said her co-worker had found it amongst a pile of old maps in someone's office.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 04, 2019, 15:37:04 PM
65 fish and counting: The tentative recovery of Kouchibouguacis salmon

A Saint-Louis-de-Kent group is now daring to hope a low-profile egg incubation project is on its way to bringing back the Kouchibouguacis River's once abundant salmon population.

Salmon fishing was banned altogether in the river in 1999 when only 12 fish were counted returning from the ocean.

That number later slipped to nine.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/river-restoration-atlantic-salmon-kouchibouguac-kouchibouguacis-saint-louis-de-kent-1.5039424
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 08, 2019, 21:43:01 PM
NEW YORK (AP) â€" U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light to salmon genetically modified to grow about twice as fast as normal, but the company behind it may face legal challenges before the fish can be sold domestically.

The Food and Drug Administration said it lifted an alert that had prevented AquaBounty from importing its salmon eggs to its Indiana facility, where they would be grown before being sold as food. The agency noted the salmon has already undergone safety reviews, and that it lifted its alert because the fish would be subject to a new regulation that will require companies to disclose when a food is bioengineered.

https://apnews.com/1be7085378684f4990e240870e7c546c
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 11, 2019, 17:33:15 PM
Salmon numbers declining despite best efforts


Despite various conservation efforts and bans on fishing, we now have fewer wild salmon than even a decade ago and many reasons are being put forward for the continuing decline.

As scientists continue to probe reasons for the huge drop in salmon numbers, an expert says it’s an issue for everybody in our society; not just anglers and nature lovers.


https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/outdoorsandgarden/salmon-numbers-declining-despite-best-efforts-910010.html


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 12, 2019, 09:44:27 AM

Over the past several decades, fishermen, business owners, Alaska Native organizations and environmental groups have protested a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay â€" a pristine salmon habitat.

Now the federal government is inching toward approving the mining project.

Read more here: https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/state/article227144774.html#storylink=cpy
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 15, 2019, 15:45:47 PM
'Startling' declines in salmon stocks provincewide, DFO warns

QuoteAll rivers in the province may soon be closed to retention salmon fishing, now that Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientists say their mid-season review of stocks in Labrador show numbers are down there as they were on the island.
"Declines of this magnitude over such a wide geographic range have not been seen before, so this is quite startling, and raised a lot of concern within the science sector," said DFO scientist Geoff Veinott.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/startling-declines-salmon-dfo-warns-1.4762804
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 18, 2019, 15:08:14 PM
Who knew? Tuna hatcheries?

QuoteStaying in the US, another story with a lot of interest last week was the news that Ichthus Unlimited plans to construct what will be the first tuna hatchery in North America -- and only the third in the world -- in the San Diego Bay area.

A new grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and ongoing support from the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program will allow Ichthus to establish the hatchery project, led by the latter's president, Alejandro Buentello.

It will cultivate Pacific bluefin tuna eggs, raise them to juvenile fish and distribute them to tuna farms to be raised to market maturity. "This aquaculture system will improve the sustainability and quality of tuna production. It also will stimulate economic growth, as bluefin tuna species alone generate an estimated value of $2 billion to $2.5bn per year globally," the firms said.


https://www.undercurrentnews.com/2019/03/18/editors-recap-17/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 18, 2019, 17:16:54 PM
Close to 10 million chinook and coho salmon swim in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior.

There were none when Howard Tanner started as the chief of the Michigan Department of Conservation’s Fish Division in 1964.

His boss, Ralph MacMullan, spent much of their first meeting lambasting the fish department for its previous lack of action and dysfunction. Heaps of dead fish were washing up on beaches, the lakes were overly commercially fished and there was little recreational fishing to speak of.

He gave Tanner a mandate: “Do something.

“And if you can,” he told the Lansing State Journal, “make it spectacular.”


https://www.clickondetroit.com/all-about-michigan/michigan-history/former-michigan-dnr-chief-tells-story-of-how-salmon-got-to-great-lakes


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 21, 2019, 13:04:13 PM
Tear down the dams!


Quote from: undefinedChanges in the economics of hydropower generation in the Pacific Northwest are giving anadromous fish advocates optimism that four dams on the lower Snake River could soon be removed. The dams are widely blamed for being the main cause of salmon and steelhead declines in Idaho since they went into operation in the 1960s and ’70s.

“The lower Snake River dams are not economically viable in the larger context of what’s happening in the Pacific Northwest,” said river guide and Idaho Conservation League board member Jim Norton during a symposium at The Community Library in Ketchum on March 13-14. “I’ve never been more convinced that this is the moment.”


https://www.mtexpress.com/news/environment/salmon-advocates-see-potential-for-snake-river-dam-removal/article_6d75c006-4a76-11e9-ba14-ffdb37b94866.html



and speaking of dams, another one bites the dust... 'c;  :banana072:


QuoteCity councilors in Ellsworth voted Monday to approve the removal of an unused, city-owned dam, which would open 5 miles of Branch Lake Stream to Atlantic salmon and other species.
The council voted 7-0 to allow Town Manager David Cole to sign an agreement permitting the Downeast Salmon Federation to remove the dam this summer at Branch Lake Stream as it runs west from the northern end of Leonard Lake near Christian Ridge Road. The group will fund the $90,000 removal, said Brett Ciccotelli, a fisheries biologist with Downeast.

https://bangordailynews.com/2019/03/19/news/hancock/ellsworth-clears-way-for-removal-of-old-dam-on-branch-lake-stream/

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 21, 2019, 14:11:32 PM
More Maine news, as Bradley takes an early lead against Michigan  :o


QuoteSHERIDAN, Maine â€" On Wednesday, March 6, Atlantic Salmon for Northern Maine volunteers and the president of the St. John Basin Salmon Recovery Inc. transported approximately 42,000 eyed salmon eggs to the Dug Brook Hatchery in Sheridan, near Ashland.

The eggs will be hatched to the unfed fry stage at the facility and stocked into an Aroostook River tributary. The fry introduction will add to the millions of salmon the group has released to the Aroostook River over the past 20 years. 

Last year, according to ASNM officials, the effort resulted in the Aroostook’s becoming the number-three river in salmon returns in all of Maine.

https://thecounty.me/2019/03/21/news/business-news/hatchery-receives-42000-salmon-eggs/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 28, 2019, 14:24:33 PM
Repeate spawners or kelt

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/the-salmon-that-were-born-to-survive/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 01, 2019, 11:12:30 AM
Sir David Attenborough accuses fish farms of threatening the survival of wild salmon through breeding genetically weaker specimens

In a YouTube film to mark the International Year of the Salmon (IYS), the broadcaster and conservationist warns: ‘The survival of these astonishing fish is at risk.
‘Dams blocking their rivers, over-exploitation, pollution of the water, the spread of parasites, diseases, and fish escaping from open-cage salmon farms… all these, together with the inevitable effects of climate change, are threatening their very survival.’

https://youtu.be/IZ2IRp9NRjo

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6869129/Sir-David-Attenborough-accuses-fish-farms-threatening-survival-wild-salmon.html


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 03, 2019, 22:28:06 PM
QuoteThe Kennebec River is a treasure — and it needs more attention and help than we are currently providing.

I have kayaked several sections and fished the entire river, from its start at Moosehead Lake to Popham Beach. Spending a day on any section of the river is very special.

I even took my wife Linda on a guided fishing trip in the Kennebec Gorge, where we caught lots of native brook trout. For years, I caught lots of brook trout and landlocked salmon in the northern half of the river. Those fish have disappeared in many sections of the river, as did all of the fly-fishing shops. After Edwards Dam was removed, my friend Harry Vanderweide and I boated and kayaked the river from Waterville to Sidney, catching lots of bass.

https://www.centralmaine.com/2019/04/03/george-smith-bring-back-the-kennebec-river-initiative/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 08, 2019, 08:58:52 AM
It is freedom day for some Squamish salmon fry
Hundreds of thousands of chum fry released into channel — with the help of local school kids

https://www.squamishchief.com/community/it-is-freedom-day-for-some-squamish-salmon-fry-1.23782695



https://youtu.be/_27EGiecTTw
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 12, 2019, 20:57:49 PM
Human Drugs Are Polluting the Water—And Animals Are Swimming in It
Salmon on psychotropics, platypuses on prozac, and other strange tales from the wild

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/05/pharmaceutical-pollution/586006/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 19, 2019, 09:04:53 AM
Canada moves to save Pacific Chinook salmon

QuoteThe federal government is planning to severely limit both the commercial and recreational fishery of Pacific Chinook salmon in British Columbia's Fraser River basin to save the endangered species from extinction, Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced Tuesday.

Recent assessments by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada for Chinook salmon from the Fraser River system have found Chinook are in danger of disappearing from Canada, Wilkinson said.

Of the 13 wild Fraser River Chinook salmon populations assessed, only one is not at risk, he added.

"The science is clear: Pacific Chinook salmon are in a critical state," said Wilkinson. "Without immediate action, this species could be lost forever."

http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2019/04/17/canada-moves-to-save-pacific-chinook-salmon/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 19, 2019, 14:25:42 PM
Plans to expand Iceland's fish farms risk decimating wild salmon populations

A
Quotefive-fold expansion in open net fish farms that scientists believe could decimate Iceland's wild salmon stocks is pitting Big Aquaculture against ecologists in the country.

Next month, a parliamentary bill is expected to extend farm licenses from 10 to 16 years, while omitting critics from oversight panels and handing primary monitoring powers to industry.

Jon Kaldal of the Icelandic Wildlife Fund said: "We are at a crossroads. If industrial-scale open net salmon farming is allowed to take over, it will cause massive pollution and a dramatic increase in the risk of farmed fish escaping. Iceland is the final frontier for north Atlantic salmon."

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/19/huge-plans-to-expand-icelands-fish-farms-risk-decimating-wild-fish-populations
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Post by: Onslow on April 19, 2019, 15:38:19 PM
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on April 12, 2019, 20:57:49 PMHuman Drugs Are Polluting the Water—And Animals Are Swimming in It
Salmon on psychotropics, platypuses on prozac, and other strange tales from the wild

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/05/pharmaceutical-pollution/586006/

If people would trouble themselves to sleep 7-8 hours a night, eat vegetables and whole grains instead of grease fried rubish, and vile processed foods, gobs of salt and sugar, they would be happier and healthier.  The lack of discipline regarding food and health is an indicator of poverty of the soul and the mind.

Anti pharma all the way here.  I have not had a prescription filled out in over 10 years.

Humans cannot sustain themselves at this current trajectory.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 20, 2019, 15:42:02 PM
If Salmon Could Talk, Here's What It Would Tell You

https://www.rd.com/food/fun/if-salmon-could-talk-heres-what-it-would-tell-you/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 24, 2019, 20:28:00 PM

Wild salmon stocks hit 'lowest level' on record after disastrous season on Scotland's prime rivers


Quotealmon catches on Scotland's rivers fell to their lowest level since records began last year, sparking calls for the preservation of the species to become a national priority.

Fisheries Management Scotland said official figures to be released by the Scottish Government on Wednesday would confirm that Atlantic salmon are at a "crisis point".

Rod and line catches are believed to have been lower than since records began in 1952, after a disastrous year on famous rivers, including the Tay, the Tweed and the Spey.

Alan Wells, chief executive of FMS, which represents the country's district salmon fishery boards, said: "Figures for 2018, taken together with those of recent years, confirm this iconic species is now approaching crisis point.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/24/wild-salmon-stocks-hit-lowest-level-record-disastrous-season/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 26, 2019, 09:51:56 AM
Thousands of young Atlantic Salmon released into Piscataquis River in Maine

The state of Maine has invested tens of millions of dollars into restoring riverways and the wildlife that populate and rely on them.

Wednesday, when thousands of young Atlantic Salmon were released into the Piscataquis River, it was seen as an investment in the future.

watch the video here:

https://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Thousands-of-young-Atlantic-Salmon-released-into-Piscataquis-River-509018171.html


Or watch another Maine salmon story here
https://bangordailynews.com/2019/04/26/news/state/maine-news-you-need-to-know-for-friday-37/

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 27, 2019, 13:19:32 PM
After 65 Years, Salmon Are Returning to the San Joaquin


QuoteFRESNO, Calif. (CN) – Surviving an exhaustive maze of manmade barriers and hungry predators, a hardy group of salmon have beat the odds and returned to spawn in one of California's most-heavily dammed rivers.


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says for the first time in over 65 years, threatened spring-run Chinook adult salmon have returned to the San Joaquin River near Fresno to complete their life cycle. The return of the hatchery-reared fish marks a huge milestone for a billion-dollar undertaking to revive an ancient population of salmon that disappeared in the 1940s with the opening of Friant Dam.

https://www.courthousenews.com/after-65-years-salmon-are-returning-to-the-san-joaquin/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 02, 2019, 12:52:20 PM
Snake River Dam Removal: Idaho Congressman Makes the Case to Save Salmon
Is the Snake River ready for a radical change? Removing four dams could be the key to bringing salmon numbers back up.

QuoteAt a recent conference in Boise, Republican Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho raised the idea of removing four federal dams on the Snake River, saying bold actions may be needed to reverse the decades-long decline of steelhead and salmon in the Columbia River Basin.

"We need to stop thinking about what currently exists and ask ourselves, 'What do we want the Northwest to look like in 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years?'" Simpson tells a crowd at the Andrus Center this week.

The statement is striking because it is the first time that high-level Idaho leaders have said what fish biologists and advocates have been saying for years: Perhaps the last chance to stave off extinction of these treasured fish runs is to let the lower Snake River run free.

https://www.outdoorlife.com/rep-simson-r-idaho-makes-case-for-saving-salmon
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 05, 2019, 10:21:52 AM
Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam
Salmon and steelhead congregate near the bottom of Bonneville Dam to go up fish ladders, facing some delays in "getting through the pinch points, and sea lions have figured that out."

https://www.kgw.com/mobile/article/news/local/salmon-eating-sea-lions-targeted-at-columbia-river-dam/283-67a7f4bb-475a-4f28-aa4c-278c74f1bacc
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 08, 2019, 15:21:11 PM
Breaching dams for Idaho salmon?
Congressman Mike Simpson says it is a real possibility


Quote"The fisheries are down, the spawning counts are down, the return to the hatcheries are down," said retired Fisheries Biologist Jim Martin. "We haven't seen runs this dismal in probably twenty five, thirty years."


https://www.kivitv.com/news/outdoors/breaching-dams-for-idaho-salmon
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 13, 2019, 14:55:57 PM
https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/there-is-no-chance-georginas-64lb-salmon-will-ever-be-beaten-that-is-a-tragedy/

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 21, 2019, 15:57:25 PM
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/fda-approves-biotech-firms-genetically-modified-salmon-project


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When they mature and are harvested and sold, the salmon will become the first genetically modified organism (GMO) animal raised for human consumption in the United States.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 21, 2019, 16:03:58 PM
A lumber company accused of polluting a Tacoma waterway has agreed to settle, EPA says

Read more here: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article230615519.html#storylink=cpy

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 04, 2019, 15:50:53 PM

Maine's Atlantic salmon prognosis remains grim despite all-time low harvest and more adult returns to North American rivers


https://www.sentinelsource.com/news/national_world/maine-s-atlantic-salmon-prognosis-remains-grim-despite-all-time/article_65a41383-fc33-5285-9a61-c8007db17468.html

QuoteAccording to that report, salmon returns to U.S. rivers in 2018 met only 3 percent of the conservation limit for fish that had spent two winters at sea. And what's a "conservation limit?" That's defined as the number of spawning adults below which populations are unable to sustain themselves, and begin to decline.

And that pretty much defines the Atlantic salmon situation here in Maine; the fish is listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. Fishing for Atlantic salmon here is not allowed, and the population that does exist is almost entirely dependent on the annual stocking of hundreds of thousands of hatchery fish.
In 2018, according to the ASF, the Penobscot had 480 large salmon and 289 small salmon return. That run of 769 fish was lower than 2017's 849 returning salmon.

And despite those numbers, the Penobscot is still the crown jewel among U.S. salmon rivers. In the nearby Kennebec, just 11 fish returned in 2018 (compared to 38 in 2017). On the Narraguagus River, fortunes were better, with 42 salmon returning last year, nearly doubling the total from 2017.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 14, 2019, 09:16:45 AM
To save Klamath River salmon, shut down the hatcheries - Los Angeles Times

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-leslie-salmon-hatcheries-klamath-river-20190613-story.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 16, 2019, 09:03:24 AM
For Chinook salmon, the urge to return home and spawn isn't just strong—it's imperative. And for the first time in more than 65 years, at least 23 fish that migrated as juveniles from California's San Joaquin River and into the Pacific Ocean have heeded that call and returned as adults during the annual spring run.


https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/why-everybody-excited-about-23-salmon
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 18, 2019, 15:17:56 PM
Hope you like to eat jellyfish, because they're taking over the oceans

Quote from: undefinedSalmon farmers in Northern Ireland could only stand aghast one autumn morning as they watched their entire stock—100,000 plump Atlantic salmon—wipe out within hours.

The Irish Sea water glowed red that day in 2007 with what the farmers described as "billions" of jellyfish, engulfing a space of 10 square meters, 35 feet deep. The farm's boats practically jammed as they tried to trudge through the throng of unwelcome intruders. Over the following hours, the entire inventory of Northern Ireland's then-only salmon farm, $2 million worth of fish, was obliterated. Some died of stress, many suffocated under the pressure of the battling boats, and the rest were stung to death.

The "mauve stingers," a species native to the warm Mediterranean Sea, weren't supposed to exist at all in the colder British waters, but they followed a now-recurrent pattern—slippery, alien-like blobs without brains, hearts, or blood suddenly mushrooming in population and overrunning the Earth's waters.


https://www.fastcompany.com/90362601/jellyfish-are-booming-because-of-climate-change-and-human-activity
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 23, 2019, 16:33:01 PM
41 years later, a new map of wild Atlantic salmon rivers unveiled | CBC News

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/wild-atlantic-salmon-federation-north-american-rivers-map-1.5184656

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 05, 2019, 12:47:11 PM
Penobscot River Atlantic salmon return reaches highest level since 2011

QuoteThe Penobscot River is enjoying its most productive Atlantic salmon run in the past decade.

As of Tuesday, 855 salmon had been trapped or counted at the Milford Dam, with another 35 fish trapped on the Stillwater Branch of the river, according to fisheries scientist Jason Valliere of the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

https://bangordailynews.com/2019/07/03/outdoors/penobscot-river-atlantic-salmon-return-reaches-highest-level-since-2011/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 17, 2019, 13:37:12 PM
Three quarters of Fraser sockeye face bottleneck due to rock slide

A system of pressurized tubes known as a "salmon cannon" is among the options being considered to help fish trapped by a rock slide in the Fraser River.


https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/federal-b-c-governments-consider-options-to-help-salmon-blocked-by-landslide
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 20, 2019, 09:28:02 AM
Hydropower without hurting fish runs gets a test

QuoteA Maine company called Ocean renewable Power Co. says its in-river turbines, which look sort of like egg beaters with the axis perpendicular to the river flow, can produce hydropower without requiring dams or interfering with fish runs.

The system will get a test in a tiny Alaska village that's tired of burning diesel for generators but doesn't want to harm the Pacific salmon that go up and down the river in their weird life cycle.

https://granitegeek.concordmonitor.com/2019/07/19/hydropower-without-hurting-fish-runs-gets-a-test/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 22, 2019, 06:17:51 AM
Salmon trapped in Canada landslide to be airlifted to safety https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49066718

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 25, 2019, 14:53:11 PM
Patagonia's movie, "Artifishal," gets a negative review....


Hatchery movie misguided, inaccurate


QuoteNorthwest Indian Fisheries Commission
Outdoor clothing and gear manufacturer Patagonia recently released "Artifishal," a misguided documentary full of misinformation about the role hatcheries play in salmon recovery.

The movie claims that salmon hatcheries are the main cause for the decline of salmon and should be eliminated. But it doesn't present accurate science to back this up.

What we know for certain is that eliminating hatcheries would be the end of salmon fishing for generations. More than half of all the salmon harvested in Western Washington come from hatcheries.

http://www.thevidette.com/opinion/hatchery-movie-misguided-inaccurate/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 29, 2019, 13:04:23 PM
Quotehe confirmed sighting of an invasive fish in the southwest Miramichi River last week lends urgency to plans to eradicate smallmouth bass from a nearby lake.
In 2008, Miramichi Lake was found to contain the bass, which were likely introduced there illegally.

In the 11 years since, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and a number of community conservation groups have operated a program using nets, electrofishing and other methods to prevent the fish from getting out of the 200-hectare lake and into the nearby Miramichi River, where they can do irreparable damage to native wild Atlantic salmon populations.
Over that same period, groups like the Miramichi Salmon Association and the Atlantic Salmon Federation have repeatedly called for a program to eradicate smallmouth bass in the lake by treating it with rotenone, a powdered product made from the dried root of certain bean plants.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/invasive-species-smallmouth-bass-wild-atlantic-salmon-eradicate-rotenone-1.5261532
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Post by: Onslow on September 07, 2019, 07:03:41 AM
"In the never-ending pursuit to drum up alarm over 'Russian' threats, the British press has turned to reporting on an 'invasion' of pink salmon, after about 10 or so of the fish were spotted in UK waters this year.
"An invasive breed of salmon, from Russia, is colonising Britain's rivers and lakes," the Daily Mail declared on Friday, earning a raised eyebrow from the Russian Embassy in London.

"That awkward moment when all other Russian threat theories have failed miserably," the embassy tweeted, with a photo of the Mail's headline.

The Mail did note that the salmon are actually native to Alaska and Canada – wouldn't that make them "American" invaders? – but ended up in Russian rivers in the 1960s, and eventually reached the British isles via Norway.

Seven salmon were recorded in 2017 in the waters of the Coquet, Frome, Hampshire Avon, Humber, Solway, Tyne and Wear, according to the paper. As the Pacific pink salmon has a two-year life cycle, the UK authorities have been on the lookout for them this year, spotting ten so far – including one in Wales and three in Scotland."

https://www.rt.com/uk/468215-pink-salmon-russia-invasion/
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Post by: Aka on September 09, 2019, 12:02:22 PM
https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/scientists-suspect-heat-stress-as-cause-of-alaskan-salmon-die-offs/70009106
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 09, 2019, 18:55:42 PM
Quote from: Aka on September 09, 2019, 12:02:22 PMhttps://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/scientists-suspect-heat-stress-as-cause-of-alaskan-salmon-die-offs/70009106

Not a good sign!
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Post by: Aka on September 13, 2019, 13:35:48 PM
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/bristol-bay-salmon-are-in-hot-water/?fbclid=IwAR13RUjgujntQoEbK_KhhezJTwpmwXswIAeVxMypwScxVrguw-9objq8M20
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 22, 2019, 14:10:48 PM
One of Europe's last untamed rivers is threatened by dams

Under a broad plane tree near Albania's border with Greece, Jorgji Ilia fills a battered flask from one of the Vjosa River's many springs.

http://strib.mn/2W7Tk5B
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 24, 2019, 09:42:10 AM
https://www.npr.org/2019/10/22/772391421/trump-plan-weakens-protections-for-california-fish-diverts-water-to-farms

QuoteThe Trump administration has announced a plan to divert water to California farmers, fulfilling a campaign promise by the president, but contradicting federal biologists who found the plan would drive endangered salmon closer to extinction and could harm other fish.

Allocating water is always a fraught issue in a state plagued by drought, and there's a lot at stake: irrigation for millions of acres of farmland in the country's biggest agricultural economy, drinking water for two-thirds of Californians from Silicon Valley to San Diego, and the fate of threatened wildlife.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 24, 2019, 09:44:14 AM
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-10-23/pebble-mine-alaska-salmon

QuoteA Brown bear loped across rolling green tundra as Charles Weimer set down a light, single-engine helicopter on a remote hilltop.

Spooked, the big grizzly vanished into alder thickets above a valley braided with creeks and falls. Weimer's blue eyes scanned warily for more bears. He warned his passenger, Mike Heatwole, to sit tight as the blades spun to a halt, ruffling red, purple and yellow alpine flowers.

The two men, each slim with a goatee, stepped out into the enveloping silence of southwest Alaska's wilderness. Before them stretched two of the wildest river systems left in the United States. Beneath their feet lay the world's biggest known untapped deposit of copper and gold.

Weimer and Heatwole worked for Pebble Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of a Canadian company that aims to dig Pebble Mine, an open pit the size of 460 football fields and deeper than One World Trade Center is tall. To proponents, it's a glittering prize that could yield sales of more than $1 billion a year in an initial two decades of mining.

It could also, critics fear, bring about the destruction of one of the world's great fisheries.

The development would destroy more than 3,400 acres of wetlands and 81 miles of streams. It would straddle Upper Talarik Creek and the Koktuli River, Bristol Bay tributaries known nationally for trophy trout fishing and salmon spawning.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 20, 2019, 12:24:37 PM
QuoteDUBAI - From a control room in the middle of Dubai's desert, Norway's sunrises and sunsets and the cool currents of the Atlantic are recreated for the benefit of thousands of salmon raised in tanks despite searing conditions outside.
Dubai is no stranger to ambitious projects, with a no-limits approach that has seen a palm-shaped island built off its coast, and a full-scale ski slope created inside a shopping mall.
But the farming of salmon in the desert is "something that no one could have imagined", said Bader bin Mubarak, chief executive of Fish Farm. "This is exactly what we're doing in Dubai."
Inside the facility, waters flow and temperatures fluctuate to create the most desirable conditions for the salmon living in four vast tanks.

"We provide for them a sunrise, sunset, tide, a strong current or a simple river current - and we have deep waters and shallow waters," Mubarak said.

Even for a country known for its extravagant ventures, building Fish Farm, located along the southern border of the emirate, was a challenging endeavour.

https://middle-east-online.com/en/only-dubai-salmon-farming-desert
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 22, 2019, 16:15:31 PM
https://bangordailynews.com/2019/07/03/outdoors/penobscot-river-atlantic-salmon-return-reaches-highest-level-since-2011/

QuoteThe Penobscot River is enjoying its most productive Atlantic salmon run in the past decade.
As of Tuesday, 855 salmon had been trapped or counted at the Milford Dam, with another 35 fish trapped on the Stillwater Branch of the river, according to fisheries scientist Jason Valliere of the Maine Department of Marine Resources.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 27, 2019, 10:44:27 AM
Two-thirds of juvenile wild salmon being tracked during their migration from Scottish rivers vanished within the first 60 miles of their journeys, according to new research.

The smolts were tagged as part of the Missing Salmon Project aimed at establishing the reasons for a 70% fall in numbers in the past 25 years.

But preliminary findings have shown two-thirds of the 850 tagged fish perished in the early stages of their
migration from seven rivers in the Moray Firth to the open sea.

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/experts-two-thirds-of-migrating-salmon-lost-in-the-first-60-miles/




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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 10, 2020, 12:07:15 PM
https://www.ellsworthamerican.com/maine-news/waterfront/project-makes-way-for-alewives/

QuoteAlewives and Atlantic salmon soon will have an easier time navigating the Dennys River and reaching Meddybemps Lake.
On Monday, Jan. 6, the Downeast Salmon Federation began removing the remains of an unused hydroelectric station that prevents the fish from swimming upstream in the river to spawn.

"The removal of this power station brings us one step closer to restoring the abundant runs of sea-run fish that once abounded in the Dennys River," said Dwayne Shaw, executive director of the Downeast Salmon Federation.
After the federation has removed the generator, turbines and upper portions of the powerhouse, it will reshape the river bottom and banks to improve fish passage.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 12, 2020, 11:13:47 AM
How one man's passion for fly-fishing led to protecting Russian salmon rivers

QuoteSalmon strongholds have in recent years been advanced around the North Pacific as conservation strategies to protect watersheds that are home to healthy wild salmon populations and the larger ecosystems they support. Protecting and maintaining the rivers and wetlands on which salmon depend — where that is still possible — is a much sounder strategy than trying to restore destroyed habitat and endangered fish. In Alaska, we're fortunate to still have free-flowing rivers and the salmon that support our households and economy, although protections vary and do not encompass entire watersheds.

"Stronghold" is the engrossing, well-told story of one man, Guido Rahr, responsible for initiating and advancing the stronghold concept in the North Pacific, particularly on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula. Beginning with his boyhood adventures at a family fishing cabin on Oregon's Deschutes River, a tributary to the once-salmon-filled Columbia River, the narrative follows Rahr into his fly-fishing passion and devotion to protecting wild salmon and their wild places.


https://www.adn.com/arts/books/2020/01/12/how-one-mans-passion-for-fly-fishing-led-to-protecting-russian-salmon-rivers/

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 18, 2020, 12:28:05 PM
The wild salmon leaping to extinction: In just ten years, Britain's premier fishing rivers have seen catches fall from thousands to hundreds. The reason? A toxic cocktail of greed, pollution – and cynical politicians

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7901139/GUY-ADAMS.html

QuoteSome of the hardiest souls in Scotland braved icy winds and showers to attend the opening of the salmon fishing season on the famous Meikleour beat of the River Tay this week.
There was tartan galore, with bagpipers, prayers from a whisky-swilling church minister, free shortbread, and a performance of Caledonia by folk singer Dougie Maclean, who then hopped into a boat to cast the ceremonial first fly of 2020.
Yet one thing was missing from this bracing celebration on Wednesday. Namely: an actual salmon.
Although nearly 80 anglers spent their day flogging the two-mile stretch of swirling water, gaining numb fingers and toes in the process, not a single 'bar of silver' — as the fishing guides (or 'ghillies') often call the larger fish that migrate up the river each spring — ended up on the bank. Nor was a single salmon seen.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 18, 2020, 12:35:10 PM
Grants totaling $3.7 million to support Maine environmental efforts

https://www.thecentersquare.com/maine/grants-totaling-million-to-support-maine-environmental-efforts/article_7d3d0ee0-38a0-11ea-9c41-e36f3f8bfe1f.html

QuoteOther recipients of the funding this year include the Atlantic Salmon Federation, Three Rivers Land Trust, Bangor Land Trust, The Trust for Public Land, 7 Lakes Alliance, York Land Trust, Western Foothills Land Trust, Falmouth Land Trust, Great Works Regional Land Trust, the Maine Department of Transportation, Loon Echo Land Trust, Upper St. John River Organization, the Town of Wells, Royal River Conservation Trust, Orono Land Trust, and the Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 18, 2020, 12:37:57 PM
Some fascinating findings on salmon migration

QuoteSalmon are known to migrate to feeding grounds in the Atlantic Ocean from the rivers in which they were born.
A question that has remained unanswered for years is: "To get to the ocean, when Salmon descend rivers like the Boyne, do they turn left and migrate anticlockwise around the north coast of Ireland or do they turn right and migrate clockwise around the south coast of our green isle?

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/wicklowpeople/lifestyle/some-fascinating-findings-on-salmon-migration-38870398.html

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 20, 2020, 11:07:35 AM
QuoteThe federal minister in charge of overseeing Canada's fisheries and oceans says that "extensive" remediation efforts are continuing at the the site of a large landslide that cut off salmon from migrating along the Fraser River.

It's been about seven months since the Big Bar landslide first happened, roughly 64 kilometres north of Lillooet. Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff, alongside local First Nations, tirelessly worked to free the fish trapped behind the slide.


https://www.coastmountainnews.com/news/extensive-work-planned-at-big-bar-landslide-ahead-of-salmon-steelhead-migration/#


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 28, 2020, 15:20:51 PM
https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/scottish-fish-farm-rejected-after-campaigners-warn-fishermen-could-be-lured-to-their-deaths-by-fairies-1-5079509

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 31, 2020, 11:19:52 AM
A million trees planted to save salmon

QuoteA SCHEME to conserve wild salmon by planting trees on river banks has been launched by the River Dee Trust with the support of the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board.
The £5.5 million project will involve planting a million native trees in one of the biggest nature restoration projects in the Cairngorms.

The trees will help prevent a repetition of the high river temperatures which damaged young salmon stocks on the Upper Dee two years ago, said the trust.
As well as providing nutrition and shelter for all river species, the trees will encourage a wide range of wildlife to thrive and recreate areas of landscape that have been lost for 2000 years.

https://www.fishfarmermagazine.com/news/a-million-trees-planted-to-save-salmon/


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 31, 2020, 11:29:04 AM
Tongass study: Forest fish of Alaska

QuoteA first ever, 10-year study estimates the numbers and values of what the Tongass and Chugach rivers and streams contribute to Alaska's commercial salmon industry.

The Tongass is the largest national forest in the country at nearly 27,000 square miles and covers most of Southeast Alaska. The adjacent Chugach at half the size ranks as the nation's second largest forest and covers the Copper River delta, Prince William Sound, and part of the Kenai Peninsula.

The study results showed that from 2007 to 2016, the two forests contributed 48 million salmon on average each year to commercial fisheries, with a dockside value of $88 million.

These "forest fish" represented 25 percent of Alaska's total salmon catch for decade and 16 percent of the total commercial value.

https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/tongass-study-forest-fish-of-alaska/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 02, 2020, 13:25:45 PM
Scotland's wild salmon threatened by fish farm escapes

QuoteWild salmon have been put under increased pressure by more than 20 incidents of mass escapes of fish from Scottish farms since the start of 2019, experts have warned.

Around 73,000 farmed salmon, each weighing an average of 1.9kg, broke free from their open-net cage near Colonsay during Storm Brendan last month.

Experts estimate the number of escapees is around double how many wild Atlantic salmon return to their home rivers on the west coast of Scotland.

Farmed salmon pose a risk to their wild counterparts as it can lead to inbreeding and the spread of disease.

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/wild-salmon-threatened-by-farm-escapes/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 20, 2020, 11:15:29 AM
QuoteLLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) - More than 50 people in Ellsworth Wednesday night talked about ways to keep streams, rivers, and fish safe here in Maine.

The Downeast Chapter for Trout Unlimited is an organization dedicated to protecting and restoring not only coldwater species but also habitat.
Scott Craig is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
He spoke to the group about restoration efforts in parts of the Narraguagus River.
Atlantic salmon, Arctic char, and brook trout are among species the group wants to help.

https://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Downeast-Trout-Unlimited.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 06, 2020, 11:31:34 AM
Coldwater respite for Sheepscot River migratory fish

QuoteMidcoast Conservancy and Maine Department of Marine Resources staff have been braving the cold waters of the Sheepscot River planting Atlantic salmon eggs this month. These eggs will hatch and turn into small fish, called parr, which will spend one to two years in the river before they journey to the ocean. These efforts are all part of the larger goal of restoring the river to its natural state, where migratory cold water fish can access the spawning grounds they have returned to for thousands of years.

Atlantic salmon travel thousands of miles from their feeding grounds off the coast of Greenland to return to their native rivers to spawn, including the waters of Midcoast Maine. They endure challenges along the way that lower their survival at sea, including pollution, over-harvesting, and impacts of warming waters on their food sources. When they return to freshwater rivers in Maine they stop feeding and rely on only their energy reserves to navigate to their spawning grounds. At this point they require well-oxygenated, cold waters, as do their eggs.

https://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/coldwater-respite-sheepscot-river-migratory-fish/131181
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 15, 2020, 11:05:48 AM
Conservation Groups Will Sue Feds to Stop Massive Timber Sale in Critical Habitat for Snake River Steelhead

QuoteSince time immemorial Pacific salmon and ocean-run steelhead trout have fought their way up the tumultuous waters of the Columbia and Snake Rivers to spawn in the headwater streams that flow west from Idaho's towering snow-capped mountains.  Their vast numbers fed wildlife such as bears and eagles, while sustaining the Indian tribes along the migration route.  But with the damming of the great rivers and destruction of aquatic habitat due to logging, mining, road-building and development, the runs began to dwindle and in 1997 the Snake River Steelhead were listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.

Zoom forward the 23 years since they were listed and the numbers are grim indeed.  Last October a mere 8,182 steelhead made it past the Lower Granite Dam.  Despite the Nez Perce Tribe spending millions to recover the Snake River Steelhead upon which its people have relied for millennia, the on-going habitat destruction sanctioned and committed by the U.S. government has resulted in the lowest number of spawning fish in 25 years — and not even a sliver of traditional pre-dam spawning runs.

Tragically, instead of recovering the steelhead population, Trump's Forest Service has decided to add to the extinction-threatening habitat degradation with another massive deforestation project.  Hiding behind the phony excuse of "forest health," the Lolo Insect & Disease Project would build nearly 14 miles of new roads in the Lolo Creek watershed and log nearly 3,400 acres, including 2,644 acres of clearcuts.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/04/14/conservation-groups-will-sue-feds-to-stop-massive-timber-sale-in-critical-habitat-for-snake-river-steelhead/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 16, 2020, 13:43:32 PM
QuoteFor probably the first time in nearly 200 years, Atlantic salmon are back in the Ashuelot River's tributaries. The N.H. Fish and Game Department Friday unloaded about 50,000 young salmon into three tributaries of the river. The 2-inch salmon — called fry — will spend about two years in the tributaries, growing big enough to swim to the Ashuelot and Connecticut rivers, then out to the Atlantic Ocean.

https://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/this-day-in-history-april-15-2020/article_d21b56a0-568c-5d86-9093-985ab40b71af.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 12, 2020, 08:51:22 AM
Feed starving whales farmed salmon, say scientists
Radical idea that led to an orphaned orca being returned to the wild could help endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales.

https://seawestnews.com/feed-starving-whales-farmed-salmon-say-scientists/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 21, 2020, 10:38:32 AM
Last significant population of wild Atlantic salmon swim the Saco River

QuoteThere are three significant species of fish that migrate up the Saco River in the spring. Atlantic salmon, river herring, and American shad all migrate upriver as adults to spawn in the same stream where they were born.

Many migratory fish species are critically endangered or threatened. Significant causes are man-made barriers, such as dams or sluices or power generation facilities, which disrupt the natural flow of rivers and modify or prevent their usual migratory routes. Pollution, especially prior to the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts of the 1970s, was also a significant driver that led to endangering and threatening these species. It's important to keep our river clean.

In fact, the last significant remaining wild Atlantic salmon populations in the United States are found only in Maine. In order to address this challenge of making hydropower while allowing safe fish passage, a variety of methods to ease fish migration upstream
have been developed.[quo

https://www.pressherald.com/2020/05/21/last-significant-population-of-wild-atlantic-salmon-swim-the-saco-river/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 03, 2020, 11:03:40 AM
An Atlantic salmon returned to the Penobscot in May. Here's what this rare occurrence means.

>>>Atlantic salmon are returning to the Penobscot River at a steady pace thus far. Fisheries staffers from the Maine Department of Marine Resources said the 176 salmon that have been counted thus far are the fifth most to have reached the counting facility by May 29 in the 42 years that salmon have been counted on the river.

Among those fish was a rarity: A male that was making a return trip to the river to spawn.

https://bangordailynews.com/2020/06/03/outdoors/an-atlantic-salmon-returned-to-the-penobscot-in-may-heres-what-this-rare-occurrence-means/


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 07, 2020, 08:06:38 AM
https://youtu.be/I6GIvmSLXXI


Climate change is cooking salmon in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest

>>>The Tulalip Indian Reservation sits on the east side of the Puget Sound, about 40 miles north of Seattle, Washington, where the change in seasons is marked by the arrival and departure of salmon. At the heart of the reservation is Tulalip Bay, where salmon return every spring and fall before swimming upstream to spawn.

http://redgreenandblue.org/2020/06/06/climate-change-cooking-salmon-rivers-pacific-northwest-video/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 09, 2020, 14:44:38 PM
Last Call; Saving Atlantic Salmon


>>> Will wild native Atlantic salmon go the way of the passenger pigeon, or will we be able to bring them back from the brink of extinction as we did the bald eagle, our National Bird, or bison, our National Mammal? As the lights dim on the "King of Fish," we must ask ourselves, are we doing everything we can to prevent the loss of the nation's iconic Atlantic salmon? The answer, sadly, is no....

https://midcurrent.com/conservation/last-call-saving-the-nations-atlantic-salmon-from-extinction/
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Post by: troutrus on June 09, 2020, 19:44:25 PM
"For roughly eighty years, longer than most who are reading this have been alive, the first Atlantic salmon caught in America each season was delivered to the President of the United States. The first fish went to President Taft in 1912, and the last, befittingly, to part-time Maine resident and avid Atlantic salmon angler President George H. Bush in 1992."

Current classless white house resident is satisfied with a pollock samich from Mickey D's.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 12, 2020, 14:01:12 PM
As salmon dwindle in LaHave River, calls grow for DFO to focus on St. Marys River

>>>Absolutely right, there's salmon in this river. There's salmon all through this river," said Scott Beaver of the St. Mary's River Association.

"We see them, we see them under the bridges, we see them jumping in the evenings. They are in the estuary now. With low water right now, there's a run ready to come up. We know they're there."

Finding out how many adult salmon return to spawn is key to understanding whether the population is healthy enough to reopen the river to salmon angling, which is one of the association's goals.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/dfo-salmon-lahave-river-angling-fishing-ban-st-marys-river-1.5608780
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 15, 2020, 15:52:37 PM
Saving Canada's wild salmon: rescuers pin hopes on fish ladder and salmon cannon

>>>en Gord Sterritt walked to the dusty edge of a cliff in western Canada last summer, he saw a disaster unfolding in the frothy waters below. In December 2018, a natural landslide had caused large chunks of rock to fall from the steep canyon walls that hem in the northern sections of British Columbia's Fraser River.

The crashing boulders – 75,000 cubic metres of rock – created an impassable barrier. But because of the remote location, the damage wasn't discovered until the following June: just as millions of wild Pacific salmon were beginning to spawn up the river.

"When I saw it, I realised what we were up against," said Sterritt. "The magnitude was just ... awe-inspiring. And not in a good way."

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/15/canada-wild-salmon-fish-ladder-salmon-cannon-british-columbia-aoe

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 16, 2020, 10:36:00 AM
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/26066/20200616/canadas-wild-pacific-salmon-decline-facing-aftermath-landslide.htm


https://youtu.be/2z3ZyGlqUkA

>>>Fish ladder and salmon cannon to the rescue
Fortunately, the fish ladder and salmon cannon have brought much-needed hope to the rescue operation this year. The terrace ladder is being built to allow salmon to travel through channels of water flowing slower than the river.

According to the maker of the device, Whooshh Innovations, the transported salmon will then be gently deposited back into the water, past the boulders in the river.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 17, 2020, 15:46:33 PM
The River Rambler Episode 24

>>>I'm joined by Greg Fitz this week, and we had a great talk. We go over how he got into fishing, the joys of boats, writing a novel and the work he's doing with the Wild Steelhead Coalition.

Listen to "Episode 24 - Greg Fitz" on Spreaker.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 19, 2020, 11:02:22 AM
>>>BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A dam on the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River will soon come down, allowing the river to flow freely for the first time in almost 60 years.

https://kgmi.com/news/007700-dam-on-nooksack-river-to-be-removed/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 20, 2020, 21:16:44 PM
Fish are thriving in the Penobscot as shad returns shatter record

>>> Each spring and summer for more than 40 years, anglers and conservationists have turned their attention to the Penobscot River at this time of year as they wonder how many Atlantic salmon will return as part of the annual run.


https://bangordailynews.com/2020/06/19/outdoors/penobscot-shad-returns-shatter-record/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 27, 2020, 10:16:21 AM
Report finds historic low for numbers of large wild Atlantic salmon


>>>A group advocating for the conservation of wild Atlantic salmon says the number of adult salmon returning to North America rivers fell to near historic lows last year.

The Atlantic Salmon Federation's annual "State of Wild Atlantic Salmon Report" released today indicates returns for large salmon were the third lowest in the past five decades.

The federation says there has been a "continuing a downward trend that threatens the sustainability of the species."

The group's scientists estimate 103,900 large salmon returned to the 86 rivers studied in 2019, down from estimates of about 131,800 the year before.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/atlantic-salmon-low-1.5626825
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 10, 2020, 14:16:24 PM
>>> After a decades long battle on Washington State's Elwha River, a coalition of environmentalists, scientists and locals succeeded in having two dams demolished. Six years later, scientists are monitoring the river and larger ecosystem as they recover from a century of abuse. And one of the best ways to do the research? Snorkeling Class III whitewater.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dirtbag-diaries/id218290471?i=1000484018766
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Post by: Aka on July 13, 2020, 15:38:49 PM
https://youtu.be/9xSISeNR1ro

https://inletkeeper.org/2020/07/13/chinook-salmon-declines-related-to-changes-in-freshwater-conditions/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 14, 2020, 10:25:58 AM
>>>Outdoor journalist Kris Millgate spent a decade in TV news before starting her own production company, Tight Line Media, in 2006. With a quarter century of multimedia storytelling, Millgate traverses the country in search of dynamic topics, researching issues thoroughly then translating core elements via video, photo and words with credibility.

Her latest project is an immersive experience which will keep her on the roads, and streams, of the Pacific Northwest all summer long.

"Ocean to Idaho" debuts on social media platforms this summer. The multimedia experience offers audiences the opportunity to track the journey of migrating salmon from — as the title implies — the Pacific Ocean to the Salmon River in central Idaho, an 1,368-kilometre journey.


https://www.thestar.com/life/relationships/2020/07/10/ocean-to-idaho-follows-migration-of-salmon-from-pacific-to-central-idaho-through-immersive-social-media-campaign.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 16, 2020, 08:59:51 AM
Warm water doesn't deter Atlantic salmon as Penobscot count tops 1,300

>>>The water in the Penobscot River has been about 80 degrees Fahrenheit for the past few weeks — a level that's less than optimal for Atlantic salmon — but the run of migrating fish is still the best in nine years, with 1,369 salmon being counted as of Monday, July 13.

Over the past two weeks, despite those warm water temperatures, 329 salmon have been counted according to Jason Valliere, a marine resource scientist for the Maine Department of Marine Resources' Division of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat. That's an average of 15.6 fish per day.


https://bangordailynews.com/2020/07/15/outdoors/warm-water-doesnt-deter-atlantic-salmon-as-penobscot-count-tops-1300/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 16, 2020, 09:01:36 AM
Eco-project boost for the River Calder and Atlantic salmon

>>>Spawning grounds on a River Spey tributary for Atlantic salmon are to be improved thanks to a £192,000 funding boost from Scottish Natural Heritage.

The Spey Catchment Initiative (SCI) is delighted that their project for the River Calder above Newtonmore has received the away from SNH's Biodiversity Challenge Fund.

https://www.strathspey-herald.co.uk/news/spawning-grounds-on-a-river-spey-tributary-for-atlantic-salmon-are-to-be-improved-thanks-to-a-192-000-funding-boost-206015/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 17, 2020, 11:34:50 AM
PCSWCD joins as partner on the Maine Aquatic Connectivity Restoration Project


>>> The project is supported by a collaboration of 26 tribal, state, federal, nonprofit and private landowners, and covers 25,255 square miles of project area, including the last endangered Atlantic salmon-listed watersheds in the U.S. and critical Eastern brook trout habitat. The overall goal is to restore aquatic organism passage to at least 50 miles of stream, brook and river habitat.

https://observer-me.com/2020/07/16/news/pcswcd-joins-as-partner-on-the-maine-aquatic-connectivity-restoration-project/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 17, 2020, 11:40:59 AM
How Constructing Enormous 'Log Jams' Is Saving a Native Salmon
For the Quinault Indian Nation, restoring their fisheries is a multi-generation project.


https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/salmon-restoration-project-quinault
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 27, 2020, 14:09:51 PM
How climate change is leading to 'a redistribution of life on Earth'

Scientists say more than 12,000 species experiencing 'range shift'

acific salmon used to be so unfamiliar in Arctic waters that many communities don't have local words for the fish, and there are stories of harvesters feeding them to their dogs.

But in recent years, chum, pink and sockeye salmon have been showing up in so many fishing nets that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has been keeping track.

Michelle Gruben works at the Hunters and Trappers Committee (HTC) in Aklavik, N.W.T., a small community near the Mackenzie delta on the Beaufort Sea, collecting salmon from harvesters in order to pass them on to scientists with the Arctic Salmon project.

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whatonearth/how-climate-change-is-leading-to-a-redistribution-of-life-on-earth-1.5661871


check out the podcast in the above link...
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 27, 2020, 14:12:49 PM
Debate surrounding hydroelectric dam continues in N.B.

>>>HALIFAX -- There is renewed debate concerning the future of Canada's oldest hydroelectric dam. While environmental groups are calling for the removal of the Milltown Dam in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, others say the facility is an important part of the economic and social fabric of the international border area.

Community leaders say the Milltown Dam, which sits alongside the St. Croix River, straddling New Brunswick and Maine, has been an integral piece of the border region since the 1800's when it began generating electricity.

"Well, it just started the community," says St. Stephen Mayor Allan MacEachern. "The town just built around that dam. It provided a service for the community, and it grew from there."


https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/debate-surrounding-hydroelectric-dam-continues-in-n-b-1.5039146
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 29, 2020, 10:41:22 AM
Eavesdropping on trout building their nests
Seismic sensors can record signals produced by fish building spawning pits


Steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) stir up the sediment of the river bed when building their spawning pits, thus influencing the composition of the river bed and the transport of sediment. Until now, this process could only be studied visually, irregularly and with great effort in the natural environment of the fish. Now, researchers led by Michael Dietze of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam have used seismic sensors (geophones) to analyze the trout's nest-building process in detail. The study was published in the journal Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200728113627.htm

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 29, 2020, 10:46:53 AM
https://thepublicsradio.org/article/california-indian-tribe-gets-back-big-sur-ancestral-lands


>>>A Native American tribe has reclaimed a small part of ancestral lands on California's Big Sur coast that were lost to Spanish colonial settlement nearly 250 years ago. The Mercury News reports the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County closed escrow on 1,199 acres about 5 miles inland from the ocean that was part of a $4.5 million deal involving the state and the Western Rivers Conservancy. It marks the first restoration of any lands to the tribe, which lost 90% of its approximately 1,000 members to disease and other causes by the early 1800s. The land encompasses old-growth redwoods, oak woodlands, meadows and endangered steelhead trout.

https://thepublicsradio.org/article/california-indian-tribe-gets-back-big-sur-ancestral-lands
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 29, 2020, 11:11:54 AM
The Old Man and the New Sea
Three generations of the Hamada family have fished British Columbia's coast. Will the latest generation outlive the salmon they seek?


>>>s her fisher husband, Satoshi, bustled around their small apartment preparing to leave for the dock, June Hamada knew she was about to give birth to her first child. But on that warm July morning in 1965 she kept her contractions to herself.

It was, after all, a Monday.

After a Fraser River commercial fishery has been closed for multiple days, the first set opens on Monday at 8:00, says Satoshi. "That's the most important set. The first set is always a lot of fish."

"I knew there was a major catch that day," says June, "so, I really didn't want to stop him."

She waited for her husband to leave their home in Marpole—a neighborhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, just blocks from the Fraser River—before calling her brother to take her to the hospital.

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/the-old-man-and-the-new-sea/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 01, 2020, 10:22:22 AM
Atlantic Salmon returning to Maine river after dam removals


>>>Atlantic Salmon are returning to the Penobscot river in the US state of Maine after the administration removed several dams on the river's watershed and made other improvements for the fishes' passage.

A total of 1,426 Atlantic Salmon returned to the river this year to spawn, Maine's Department of Marine Resources reported July 28, 2020, according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries wing.

This figure is higher when compared to the 1,076 fishes that returned in 2019 and 248 that returned in 2014.

The administration has removed 15 dams in the river's watershed since 2010, including two large ones on the river itself.


https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/wildlife-biodiversity/global-eco-watch-atlantic-salmon-returning-to-maine-river-after-dam-removals-72608
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 02, 2020, 10:20:24 AM
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18621578.new-disease-casts-doubt-future-atlantic-salmon/

>>>The king of fish, the sleek and silvery wild Atlantic salmon, is under threat from a mystery skin condition which has baffled scientists.

Salmon displaying signs of an unusual red skin disease have been found in Scottish rivers, sparking fears over how it might impact on wild stocks affected by years of significant decline.

A call has now gone out to Scottish anglers to help identify cases of the condition and to pass on details of affected fish to authorities in the hope that a cause can be found.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18621578.new-disease-casts-doubt-future-atlantic-salmon/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 06, 2020, 09:15:35 AM
Salmon foundation provides funding for habitat rehab


>>>The Pacific Salmon Foundation is supporting 16 projects focused on habitat rehabilitation, education and improving stock numbers on southern Vancouver Island.

Grant money from the non-profit foundation totals $238,056 through its community salmon program. The total value of the projects, which includes community fundraising, contributions and volunteer time, is $1.48 million.

https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/salmon-foundation-provides-funding-for-habitat-rehab-1.24180612
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 06, 2020, 09:27:18 AM
New fish trap on White River can handle 1 million salmon a year, biggest facility in nation

>>>WHITE RIVER — They were impaled and exhausted, weakened, or left dying in waves: pink salmon by the thousands, defeated by a nearly 80-year-old fish trap and dam on this waterway that also harmed spring chinook, the prize diet of endangered southern resident killer whales.

But no more. At the insistence of tribes and federal fisheries managers, the Army Corps of Engineers will soon complete the biggest facility of its kind in North America, to capture and transport salmon to free flowing stretches of the White River, a tributary of the Puyallup.

Big as an aircraft carrier and made of enough concrete to pave a mile and a quarter of Interstate 5, the White River Fish Passage Facility is expected to be completed in October. The $131 million facility includes a complex of gates, chutes, a fish ladder and even a pair of gleaming stainless steel augers pretty as an art piece, custom-made by J. Nelson Enterprises metalworks in Orting. The augers will lift fish into flumes that carry them to trucks for the 12-mile ride from the fish collection facility at Buckley, where they will be released back to the river above Mud Mountain Dam near Enumclaw, to spawn.


https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/northwest/new-fish-trap-on-white-river-can-handle-1-million-salmon-a-year-biggest-facility/article_9003e46f-ff0f-508a-94f5-1814a2e942b8.html

Washington fish trap opens on White River in October, will be largest in U.S.

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>>>The augers at the facility will lift fish into flumes that carry them to trucks for a 12-mile drive up the river, where they will be released back to the river to spawn. It will be located near the Mud Mountain Dam along the White River in Pierce County.

The 400-foot dam was built in 1948 to prevent flooding to the roughly 400,000 houses and businesses along the White and Puyallup river valleys in western Washington. Adult fish are unable to penetrate the dam, which requires officials to physically move them in order to maintain the ecology.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article244689382.html



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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 06, 2020, 11:07:19 AM
First sockeye of 2020 arrives at the Sawtooth Basin, run likely larger than last year

>>>STANLEY — The first sockeye of 2020, a naturally produced female, returned July 31 to Redfish Lake Creek trap near Stanley, and a second arrived Aug. 2. The two are among the 412 sockeye that crossed Lower Granite Dam through Aug. 2 and signals a substantially larger return to Idaho than last year.

This year's sockeye return appears to be slightly later than usual, and fishery managers expect more fish will cross Lower Granite, which is the last dam the fish cross before reaching Idaho. Based on historical conversion rates between Lower Granite and the Sawtooth Basin, if no more fish crossed the dam, about 124 to 165 sockeye would return to the basin this year and likely surpass the last two year's returns.

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https://magicvalley.com/outdoors/first-sockeye-of-2020-arrives-at-the-sawtooth-basin-run-likely-larger-than-last-year/article_b9987b82-3dd1-5fd4-9971-1fad21e13c9b.html

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 08, 2020, 10:07:18 AM
Weird this is a west coast area taking about Atlantic salmon runs;

Record number of wild Atlantic salmon counted at Corner Brook station

http://ntv.ca/record-number-of-wild-atlantic-salmon-counted-at-corner-brook-station/


There's some encouraging news this evening about salmon stocks on the west coast.

A record number of wild atlantic salmon have been recorded at a counting station in Corner Brook – which indicates conservation is working.



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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 08, 2020, 10:08:59 AM
Back in scotland...

>>> WORK has started to install fish passes on two weirs in Leeds, as part of a multi-million pound project to enable salmon to swim up the River Aire for the first time in 150 years.

Contractors for the Environment Agency have moved on-site at Armley and Newley weirs on the River Aire.

Work on fish passes at Saltaire and Kirkstall weirs is almost complete. These four fish passes, along with a three-year community engagement programme, together make up the Developing the Natural Aire (DNAire) project.

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18636454.next-step-starts-get-salmon-river-aire/
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Post by: jwgnc on August 08, 2020, 10:46:53 AM
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on August 08, 2020, 10:07:18 AMWeird this is a west coast area taking about Atlantic salmon runs;

Newfoundland.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 10, 2020, 11:22:45 AM
They kill wild Atlantics in Ireland

Wild Salmon Returning in "Record" Numbers - But Expert Urges Caution

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>>>Wild Atlantic salmon are returning in "record" numbers to rivers along the Atlantic seaboard, according to fishery managers.

As The Sunday Times reports, Inland Fisheries Ireland regional director Francis O'Donnell says this year's season appears to have "bucked the trend".

Mr O'Donnell, who has responsibility for the western river basin district, said there were high numbers of healthy fish on Galway's Corrib system, Mayo's River Moy and Ballisodare in Sligo

https://afloat.ie/watersport/angling/item/47226-wild-salmon-returning-in-record-numbers-but-expert-urges-caution

IFI is deploying extra patrols to detect poaching, and inspecting premises ashore, he said. Fish are believed to be fetching between 50 euro and 90 euro per salmon.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 10, 2020, 11:29:57 AM
Bears alert scientists to secret salmon streams

>>>Right now, on the brushy tundra of northern Alaska, grizzly bears are gathering at quiet streams and rivers, attracted by the largest calorie reward they can find — spawning salmon.

Until recently, scientists did not know salmon swam up some of these waterways, nor that grizzlies were fattening up on them before entering hibernation.

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2020/08/08/bears-alert-scientists-to-secret-salmon-streams/

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 12, 2020, 10:31:25 AM





B.C. Wildlife Federation fights back over Thompson steelhead populations


>>>A member of the B.C. Wildlife Federation is criticizing the lack of transparency with Fisheries and Oceans Canada as endangered steelhead populations in the Thompson and Chilcotin Rivers continue to decline.

Jesse Zeman, director of fish and wildlife restoration with the conservation organization, addressed a House of Commons standing committee on Fisheries and Oceans, online, July 23. The video has since been shared on the federation's Facebook page.

Zeman outlined that Thompson and Chilcotin steelhead populations have been in decline since the 1990s which he said is due to the fish being caught in nets intended for pink and chum salmon. At that time, there were around 3,000 to 4,000 spawners, he said. There were 62 Thompson and 134 Chilcotin fish counted this year, he told the committee.

https://infotel.ca/newsitem/bc-wildlife-federation-fights-back-over-thompson-steelhead-populations/it75917
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 21, 2020, 07:29:57 AM
Alaska's salmon are getting smaller, affecting people and ecosystems

>>>For years, people in Alaska have been noticing that wild salmon were getting smaller, but the reasons have been unclear. In the new study, published August 19 in Nature Communications, researchers compiled and analyzed data collected over six decades (1957 to 2018) from 12.5 million fish by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. This unprecedented dataset enabled them to see patterns of body size changes for four species of salmon—Chinook, chum, coho, and sockeye—across all regions of Alaska.

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-alaska-salmon-smaller-affecting-people.html

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 21, 2020, 11:44:40 AM
A Glimmer Of Hope

>>>A recent study by scientists from the Woods Hole Fisheries Center has given a glimmer of hope for the survival of Atlantic salmon. Julie Nieland of the Woods Hole Center and Tim Sheehan found that if salmon can get past dams, they not only get to spawning grounds but they also have access to higher-quality habitat and therefore produce more young, or smolts. In other words, the farther salmon are able to run into a watershed, the more prolific they are.


https://www.capenews.net/falmouth/opinion/a-glimmer-of-hope---editorial/article_ea9546cf-f15b-5dac-bf3c-73ec408c3b70.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 23, 2020, 09:47:39 AM
Thousands of deformed escapee salmon could be in any Ayrshire river


>>>It is reported that three cages holding as many as 165,000 fish ruptured off the coast of Arran yesterday.

Fisheries Management Scotland, the representative body for Scotland's District Salmon Fishery Boards and Fisheries Trusts, said they anticipated that a 'significant numbers of adult' salmon may have escaped.

Anglers across Ayrshire have been warned to report any obviously farmed salmon to the Ayrshire Rivers Trust.


The farmed fish are identifiable because of deformed or shortened features such as their fins, gill covers and snouts


https://www.ardrossanherald.com/news/18668287.hundreds-deformed-escapee-salmon-ayrshire-river/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 23, 2020, 09:50:36 AM
Salmon loss fear at farm after storm

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>>>Stormy weather has caused anchors at a salmon farm to break free from the seabed.

The site is estimated to contain 500,000 fish and pictures which emerged yesterday suggest at least three of the ten pens were damaged.

He said: "For wild Scottish Atlantic salmon on the west coast of Scotland this is the ecological equivalent of an oil tanker running aground.".

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/salmon-loss-fear-at-farm-after-storm-7cvsfcwqv
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 23, 2020, 09:58:11 AM
FYI

>>Around 4.7 million fish have escaped from Chilean salmon farms in 73 incidents between 2010 and 2020, according to a report from state aquaculture agency, Sernapesca.

https://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/search_brief.asp?l=e&id=109009&ndb=1
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 23, 2020, 10:36:38 AM
Joy riders 'threaten' salmon, call goes out to ban jet boats on upper Pitt River
Concerns have been raised about the potential for damage to sensitive salmon habitat north of Coquitlam, but DFO enforcement manager says he has to catch jetboaters in the act

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>>>She's added her voice to concerns raised by Dan Gerak, who owns the Pitt River Lodge and guides recreational fishermen on the upper Pitt River. Both have tried to get politicians, media, Department of Fisheries and Transport Canada to take note of what they see is a growing problem of jet boaters speeding in shallow waters.

Gerak told the Tri-City News he's getting increasingly frustrated with jet boaters who he says get too close to the gravel areas where the eggs are laid, and the pressure from the jet engine "kills off the eggs," They could be responsible for killing juvenile smolts by their wash.

Their concerns have been brought to the attention of Art Demsky, detachment commander of the DFO Conservation and Protection Branch in Langley.

Demsky, whose officers make patrols via helicopter and boat, looking for people who don't release the fish they catch, said he is aware of the issue.

https://www.tricitynews.com/news/joy-riders-threaten-salmon-call-goes-out-to-ban-jet-boats-on-upper-pitt-river-1.24190424
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 23, 2020, 11:50:56 AM
Steelhead Rescue mission


>>>Biologist Ryan Battleson bounds down the slippery bedrock of the East Fork of Evans Creek on a rescue mission for which steelhead anglers four years from now may thank him.

Armed with a net and a plastic bucket, Battleson stops at a small, isolated pool where infant wild steelhead and even threatened coho salmon are likely trapped, unable to fin either upstream to cooler confines or downstream to better flows.

"We have tons of these isolated pools that probably won't make it to the end of the week," says Battleson, from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. "There's steelhead in there, and they're not getting out of here on their own."

Battleson runs the light-mesh net through the pool and, sure enough, he captures a handful of steelhead not quite two inches long.

"Let's get them out of here and get them somewhere where they can make it through the summer," he says.

https://mailtribune.com/oregon-outdoors/rescue-mission-08-20-2020

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Post by: troutrus on August 23, 2020, 14:09:23 PM
Yep. Fish farming is the future, and many recreational groups have been convinced to support it under the guise of protecting wild populations, when in fact it will likely lead to the demise of wild strains in many instances.
https://theferret.scot/formaldehyde-pesticide-fish-farms-lochs/

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 23, 2020, 15:25:10 PM
Quote from: troutrus on August 23, 2020, 14:09:23 PMYep. Fish farming is the future, and many recreational groups have been convinced to support it under the guise of protecting wild populations, when in fact it will likely lead to the demise of wild strains in many instances.
https://theferret.scot/formaldehyde-pesticide-fish-farms-lochs/



how depressing...
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 25, 2020, 12:18:13 PM



Salmon find their way home to P.E.I. river

>>>After decades of absence, Atlantic Salmon are back in the Miminegash River.

Danny Murphy is the co-ordinator for the Roseville/ Miminegash Watersheds Inc., a non-profit group that takes care of some of the rivers and streams in western P.E.I.

Murphy has volunteered with the group since 2007 and has worked as the co-ordinator for the last 12 years. He's also an avid angler. In the fall of 2018, he caught a fish he didn't recognize.


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https://www.wellandtribune.ca/ts/news/canada/2020/08/24/salmon-find-their-way-home-to-pei-river.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 27, 2020, 10:20:20 AM
Idaho steelhead run better than last year

>>>In Idaho,steelhead harvest season usually opens Sept. 1 in the Snake and Salmon rivers with a daily harvest of three fish, although restrictive measures over the past few years have shortened seasons and lowered limits.

Restrictions are meant to ensure that enough fish return to hatcheries. In addition Fish and Game monitors the number of wild steelhead in the system.

"This year we are forecasting that around 17,000 wild steelhead will pass over Lower Granite Dam," DuPont said. "Although we would like to see more, this forecast is better than we have seen the previous four years which is a good sign. With this wild steelhead forecast, impacts from our sport fisheries will not be an issue."

https://cdapress.com/news/2020/aug/27/idaho-steelhead-run-better-last-year/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 31, 2020, 13:31:39 PM
Walbridge fire damages half of prime salmon, steelhead spawning grounds, experts say

>>>In burning to the edge of Lake Sonoma, the Walbridge fire has posed an unprecedented threat to the water supply for 600,000 North Bay residents and scorched Sonoma County streams that are critical to the revival of imperiled fish.

Rural residents and environmentalists also are concerned the miles of bulldozer tracks left by firefighters — an essential tool in the ongoing battle against the 55,000-acre fire — could contribute to post-fire erosion, water pollution and possible mudslides when winter rains fall on barren ground.

Experts estimated that half of the spawning habitat on Russian River tributaries has been burned, dealing a potential setback to expensive, longstanding efforts to bolster the coho salmon and steelhead trout populations.

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https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/walbridge-fire-damages-half-of-prime-salmon-steelhead-spawning-grounds-ex/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 02, 2020, 11:57:10 AM
Judge Blames Corps For Pushing Pacific Salmon To 'Brink Of Extinction'


>>>A federal judge, granting summary judgment in favor of a lawsuit filed in 2018 by environmentalists, said the Corps of Engineers is years behind on efforts to mitigate dams and river structures along the Willamette River to aid Upper Willamette River (UWR) Chinook and steelhead salmon, and its failures are pushing them "to the brink of extinction." The judge ordered the Corps to speed up its efforts, but it's not clear what effect the ruling will have. The Corps doesn't comment on ongoing litigation.

https://www.waterwaysjournal.net/2020/09/01/judge-blames-corps-for-pushing-pacific-salmon-to-brink-of-extinction/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 02, 2020, 12:05:34 PM

Threatened Steelhead Trout Relocated To Make Way For Anderson Dam Retrofit




https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/08/31/threatened-steelhead-trout-relocated-to-make-way-for-anderson-dam-retrofit/
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Post by: Aka on September 08, 2020, 16:28:18 PM
Fuck Pebble Mine.

https://vimeo.com/192552463?fbclid=IwAR2h2AMhapjjuFKq6qy7LPk0uFJ30nroGMnUcynVjSsW6SYEDS8562pO0Zo
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Post by: troutrus on September 08, 2020, 17:11:52 PM
Quote from: Aka on September 08, 2020, 16:28:18 PMFuck Pebble Mine.

https://vimeo.com/192552463?fbclid=IwAR2h2AMhapjjuFKq6qy7LPk0uFJ30nroGMnUcynVjSsW6SYEDS8562pO0Zo

Beautiful videos. I particularly like the one entitled "The Last Chase" with the bears and seals munching on the Reds in the lake.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 09, 2020, 10:19:55 AM
Midcoast Conservancy adds to Whitefield Salmon Preserve

>>>WHITEFIELD MAINE— At the end of August, Midcoast Conservancy purchased a high priority 27.7-acre addition to its Whitefield Salmon Preserve from Ellis Percy and JoAnn Tribby.

"We're very glad to partner with Midcoast Conservancy to protect this land so that both the people and wildlife of Whitefield will be able to continue to enjoy this beautiful place," said Percy, in a news release. "That means a great deal to us."

Part of the property was already in a conservation easement held by Midcoast Conservancy that included much of the 1.7-mile Sheepscot West Branch trail, created and maintained in partnership by the Whitefield Trails Committee.

"We are so glad that Midcoast Conservancy was able to forever protect the entire property containing this lovely trail loop, open to the public for hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing," said David Elliott, of Whitefield Trails Committee.

https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/midcoast-conservancy-adds-whitefield-salmon-preserve/138398
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 09, 2020, 10:25:57 AM
Valley Water Relocates Threatened Steelhead to Keep Them Safe From Dam Retrofit

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>>>When a team of 18 biologists in mid-August rescued threatened Central California Coast steelhead trout in Coyote Creek, the magnitude of the feat wasn't lost on anyone involved.

Least of all on Clayton Leal.

"This was a first-of-its-kind thing .... conducted by Valley Water," the senior water resource specialist told San Jose Inside in a recent interview. "I'm not really familiar with anything else done at this level for any other species. This was a major effort that had consultants involved as well."

https://www.sanjoseinside.com/news/valley-water-relocates-threatened-steelhead-to-keep-them-safe-from-dam-retrofit/

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 09, 2020, 10:34:46 AM
MAD RIVER BREWING COMPANY LAUNCHES NEW LABEL FOR FLAGSHIP ALE

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https://kymkemp.com/2020/09/08/mad-river-brewing-company-launches-new-label-for-flagship-ale/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 09, 2020, 10:42:12 AM
https://vimeo.com/414672565

https://ak.audubon.org/conservation/tongass-national-forest
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 09, 2020, 15:47:46 PM
Watch Red Gold on Vimeo

https://t.e2ma.net/click/howsid/1j2diih/5i45hp
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 18, 2020, 09:47:01 AM
Fish in Oregon hatcheries die, including Leaburg, released early as fires rage

>>>About 450,000 fish perished at two hatcheries combined and nearly 1.2 million chinook, steelhead and trout were released into the McKenzie River east of Eugene all at once in desperation as the fire approached and fresh water to the facility was cut off. Other hatcheries lost critical infrastructure, including a hatchery building near the Oregon-California border, and one facility went ahead with a critical breeding period while running on limited power from a back-up generator.

https://www.registerguard.com/story/news/2020/09/17/fish-oregon-hatcheries-die-released-early-fires-rage/3487189001/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 19, 2020, 08:26:54 AM
Fears rise for Fraser River salmon after Pier Park fire delivers another blow

>>>There are growing concerns about the environmental fallout from a fire Sunday that destroyed New Westminster's Pier Park.

The fire consumed a six-acre section of the pier spewing toxic smoke into the air for days, choking the skies over the riverfront, putting toxins into the river from creosote infused pilings at the foot of the pier at a key time when salmon are returning to the Fraser River to spawn.

When Jason Hwang first saw the smoke, he says the struggling Fraser River salmon populations were his first thought.

"The [2020] Fraser sockeye return is probably the worst return in modern history," said Hwang, a biologist with the Pacific Salmon Foundation

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/pier-park-fire-contamination-salmon-creosote-smoke-booms-1.5730024
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 20, 2020, 09:51:49 AM
Researchers Attach Cameras to Pacific Northwest Orcas, Revealing a Marvelous Underwater World


http://www.chronline.com/northwest_regional_news/researchers-attach-cameras-to-pacific-northwest-orcas-revealing-a-marvelous-underwater-world/article_0756816e-fa9e-11ea-992e-4fdaad0a37db.html

>>>For nearly a month the team has been at sea, marveling at the prowess of southern and northern resident killer whales as they follow the orcas' foraging rounds, using a drone and stick-on cameras to record the daily lives of orcas, even underwater.

The surprises keep coming: How far the orcas, especially the southern residents, travel in their hunt for salmon. How affectionate the orca families are with one another, constantly touching. And their incredible athleticism, as orcas hunt down and kill their prey.

"They are really efficient fish slayers," said Andrew Trites, head of the Marine Mammal Research Unit at the University of British Columbia. He is leading this team on a monthlong research trip with eight others packed aboard the Gikumi, a 1954 wooden work boat.

By day 27, the team has tracked the whales from the northernmost end of Vancouver Island to its southern tip; along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and out to the open ocean and back in their quest to get to this truth: Are the orcas getting enough to eat while in their core summer foraging ground?

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 22, 2020, 08:15:32 AM
Eat jellyfish instead of fish and chips to save endangered species, scientists say

Conservationists revealed that close to a hundred endangered species, caught in oceans around the world, have ended up on diner's plates

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Scientists have found jellyfish to be rich in vitamin B12, magnesium, iron, and low in calories.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/21/eat-jellyfish-instead-fish-chips-save-endangered-species-scientists/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 24, 2020, 11:10:27 AM
Plans laid for dam removal in Whychus Creek

Barrier removals open up 38 miles of stream for fish

>>>For Chinook salmon heading upstream in Whychus Creek in search of prime spawning grounds, the journey is about to become much easier.

Work is underway to remove the Plainview Dam, a barrier that for decades prevented fish from migrating to the farthest reaches of Whychus Creek.

Work to remove the dam started earlier this month and was planned for completion by late October. The recent fires and smoke impacting Oregon temporarily halted the project, but organizers remain hopeful the work to remove the dam can resume this fall, according to Kris Knight, executive director of the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, which is leading and managing the project.

https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/environment/plans-laid-for-dam-removal-in-whychus-creek/article_31374fa4-f940-11ea-8d7d-53c029ff3bd3.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 24, 2020, 11:28:39 AM
Plan to use fish killer rotenone in N.B. lake, river delayed by environmental assessment

>>Salmon conservation groups are now watching the clock as invasive smallmouth bass, already known to have arrived in the Miramichi River, approach spawning age.

A plan to eradicate the invasive fish this month by spraying the water with the fish-killing pesticide rotenone on a 15–kilometre section of the river and to Miramichi Lake is now on hold after New Brunswick's Minister of Environment, Jeff Carr determined the project must first undergo an environmental impact assessment.

The fish were first spotted in August 2019 in the McKiel Brook pool of the river's southwest branch.

More than 100 smallmouth bass have since been captured in an attempt to limit their spread in the river or in Lake Brook, the avenue they are believed to have used to migrate from nearby Miramichi Lake.

All were between 19 and 28 centimetres long. Female smallmouth are believed to be large enough to spawn sometime after reaching 28 centimetres, or between four and five years of age.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/invasive-species-smallmouth-bass-rotenone-fish-pesticide-lake-river-treatment-poison-1.5732853

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 25, 2020, 09:14:01 AM
>>> In the Pacific Northwest, Native Americans paint images of salmon on to stones. They say that if you rub those stones you will acquire the fish's two great qualities: determination and energy. Not so long ago these communities' diets consisted of more than 80 per cent salmon, and they believed it to be a wondrous thing that the migratory fish returned on the same week every year. They also believed they 'owed the salmon respect and gratitude' — and if they failed in this they might stop coming back.

In the 19th and 20th centuries their fears were realised. But it wasn't Native Americans who were disrespectful to the once abundant salmon; it was those who came from Europe, with a wish to get rich and tame the wild. Mark Kurlansky's book is an epic, environmental tragedy, with the salmon at its centre as the abused hero, and a long list of supporting characters, from Scottish fly fishermen to Japan's indigenous Ainu people.



https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/born-to-be-wild-the-plight-of-salmon-worldwide
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Post by: Aka on September 27, 2020, 10:00:07 AM
A couple scenes in this are from the river I grew up on. At 0:56, I used to camp back in the woods there in high school. We'd fish during the day and drink beer around the camp at night. At 2:05 is the flood plain on the lower section of the river where the mouth of the river meets Cook Inlet. As sobering as this is it's still neat to see images of the river I grew up fishing.

https://youtu.be/9xSISeNR1ro
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 10, 2020, 10:58:45 AM



The governors of the four Pacific Northwest states pledged Friday to work together, and with Native PNW govs. to work together on restoring fish runs
Agreement between Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana leaders says tribes, stakeholders will also be involved in plansAmerican tribes and regional stakeholders, to restore Columbia River salmon and steelhead stocks.

>>>The executives signed a letter of agreement that outlines their commitment to develop a collaborative process aimed at finding actions that will help the region meet robust goals set by the Columbia River Partnership Task Force, a group sanctioned by federal fisheries officials that met over the past three years. The group's goals far exceed delisting criteria for wild salmon and steelhead runs protected under the Endangered Species Act.

https://lmtribune.com/northwest/pnw-govs-to-work-together-on-restoring-fish-runs/article_9931caaa-e0cc-5c80-8424-1a75cbe662be.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 13, 2020, 08:48:39 AM
Study will investigate the genetic impact of escaped farmed salmon

>>>One of the most comprehensive studies of wild Atlantic salmon genetics, which aims to gauge the impact of any interbreeding between wild and escaped farm-raised salmon, has been launched today

The study has been launched in response to a recent escape of farm-raised salmon and will be managed by the wild-fish conservation body Fisheries Management Scotland, supported by scientists from Marine Scotland Science, and funded by Mowi Scotland.

The multi-year study of 115 sites aims to confirm wild salmon's current genetic profile and to track for the potential of genetic changes should interbreeding of farmed and wild salmon occur.

In late August, Mowi Scotland confirmed that 48,834 farm-raised salmon escaped from its Carradale farm in the Firth of Clyde after it became detached from its seabed anchors during a combination of strong weather events.

https://thefishsite.com/articles/study-will-investigate-the-genetic-impact-of-escaped-farmed-salmon
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 03, 2020, 11:40:39 AM
The Salmon SuperHWY: Reconnecting Fish To 940 Square Miles Of Their Natural Habitat

>>>Oregon's Tillamook and Nestucca watersheds were historically some of the most productive waters for salmon, steelhead, and trout in the Pacific Northwest. Over the past century, however, much of the habitat here became fragmented due to road construction and flood control development, although otherwise much of these stream systems remain pristine.

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Trout Unlimited is a founding partner in the groundbreaking program created to reconnect this productive fish habitat, at an almost unprecedented scale: the Salmon Superhwy.

The audacious goal of the Salmon Superhwy is to enable trout, salmon and steelhead to again migrate freely throughout 940 square miles of their historic habitat, while at the same time improving road conditions, transportation safety, and flood control.

https://loonoutdoors.com/blogs/journal/salmon-superhwy


https://vimeo.com/123870154
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 09, 2020, 11:42:50 AM
Barriers to renewal

Nearly 200 years later, New York officials are still trying to get salmon back into the Saranac River. The biggest obstacle: Dams.

https://youtu.be/C10rTUt0ulI

>>>Jeff Snyder was in his happy place, fly fishing the Saranac River near the foot of Franklin Falls Dam on a lazy summer day.

He was at a loss to name anything wrong with the river. But something was missing.

The Saranac flows from headwaters around Upper Saranac Lake, in the heart of the Adirondacks, and winds some 81 miles to the northeast, dropping nearly 1,500 feet before spilling into Lake Champlain.

Snyder, who lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, has fished it for 35 years and keeps coming back. To him, the Saranac is ideal.

It's scenic and winding. Most important on this July day, though, it was alive with fallfish.

"They put up a good fight," Snyder said of the trout-size minnow. "They're fun to catch and they're easy to catch because they eat almost anything."

Even the fallfish's spunk can't match the tug of a fish that has been conspicuously and long absent from this river, though.

Salmon 

Atlantic salmon were once so numerous in the river that early settlers could haul them out by the cartload. Then, two centuries ago, they vanished.


https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/salmon-saranac-river-dams

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/salmon-saranac-river-dams
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 09, 2020, 12:23:22 PM
The Experimental Method That Might Just Save Maine's Salmon

>>>Unlike most New England rivers, the East Machias River never quite lost its salmon. Every fall, a small remnant population swam upstream, against waters that tumble and curl 36 miles from Crawford Lake to the coast, through balsam-scented boreal forest where moose splash and eastern coyotes sing. The Downeast Salmon Federation's weathered, cedar-shingled Peter Gray Hatchery sits along the bank, just below a narrow stretch of rapids that empties into the river's wide, flat tidal reaches.

The hatchery building was an abandoned power station — infested with rats, windows broken, officially designated by the town of East Machias as a "slum and blight site" — before the federation moved in. Now, instead of rats, the place is full of salmon in various stages of development, swimming around in a couple of dozen tanks through which unfiltered river water flows. The damp air always has a fishy scent.

Believing that other hatcheries produced inferior fish, Gray asserted that his method produced "little athletes."

https://downeast.com/land-wildlife/saving-atlantic-salmon/
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Post by: Aka on November 09, 2020, 15:28:37 PM
Federal Court Declares Genetically Engineered Salmon Unlawful

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violated core environmental laws in approving the genetically engineered (GE) salmon. The Court ruled that FDA ignored the serious environmental consequences of approving genetically engineered salmon and the full extent of plans to grow and commercialize the salmon in the U.S. and around the world, violating the National Environmental Policy Act.

https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2020/federal-court-declares-genetically-engineered-salmon-unlawful
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 13, 2020, 09:55:20 AM
Local Action Leads to Salmon Comeback in Washington's Hood Canal

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>>>Facing the deterioration of the rivers where they breed, salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest have been declining for decades. But in Washington State's Hood Canal, one species of salmon, summer chum (Oncorhynchus keta), is recovering to levels that could result in its removal from the endangered species list.

Summer chum salmon populations in Hood Canal, a fjord about 50 miles west of Seattle that opens into Puget Sound, have always relied on the ecosystems of glacier-fed rivers and coastal estuaries to reproduce. Overfishing, destruction of estuary habitats, and a warming climate caused the region's populations to crash, and the species was listed as threatened in 1999. But now, after years of efforts by local projects, the salmon runs are reaching de-listing levels, which indicates that their population levels are robust enough to ensure their prolonged survival.

https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/11/12/salmon-comeback-hood-canal/
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Post by: Aka on November 13, 2020, 10:43:38 AM
A new study that found salmon size across all species are shrinking in Cook Inlet, AK a large salt water inlet that covers about 39,000 sq mi in south central Alaska. It is the watershed for many coastal streams including the Kenai river, home to the largest Chinook or king salmon in the world.

"In each species, fish maturing after 2010 were significantly smaller on average than fish that matured prior to 1990. Variation in the extent of body size change existed among species, with Chinook Salmon showing the greatest magnitude decline. Within species, the magnitude of decline also varied among regions and populations, but the overall pattern of body size decline was significant in all four species. Importantly, our study shows that changes in body size resulted primarily from changing age structure and to a much lesser extent from changing growth rates."


https://inletkeeper.org/2020/10/28/alaska-salmon-are-shrinking/?fbclid=IwAR3PYG11evqIOEBmpFh-25owWPYZqEPYF5lPifuJn51kf3ucVRuA60XjL3E
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 21, 2020, 09:45:57 AM
Salmon return on Penobscot the highest since 2011

>>>The unofficial count — before Maine Department of Marine Resources staffers analyze data and make sure that recaptured fish are only counted once — is 1,603 salmon that have been counted in the Penobscot this year. That's up from 1,152 in 2019, and is the biggest run of salmon since 2011, when 3,125 salmon returned to the river. The average run for the eight years from 2012 to 2019 was just 708 salmon per year.

https://bangordailynews.com/2020/11/21/outdoors/salmon-return-on-penobscot-the-highest-since-2011/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 23, 2020, 09:46:34 AM

SACRAMENTO RIVER SALMON RESTORATION WILL CONTINUE WITH NEW $10M FEDERAL GRANT


https://www.actionnewsnow.com/content/news/Sacramento-River-salmon-restoration-will-continue-with-new-10M-federal-grant-573163231.html


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 26, 2020, 09:17:05 AM


50,000 Atlantic salmon escape Tasmanian fish farm

>>>HUON Aquaculture announced on Facebook that over 50,000 Atlantic salmon escaped from one of its Tasmanian fish farms.
A fire damaged a fish pen located in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel on Monday morning, burning through and melting the pen infrastructure above and just below the waterline, resulting in estimated fish loss between 50,000 – 52,000 fish.

http://www.fishingworld.com.au/news/50-000-atlantic-salmon-escape-tasmanian-fish-farm
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 26, 2020, 09:23:08 AM
An ancient people with a modern climate plan

After a brutal storm in 2006, the Swinomish tribe off the coast of Washington state launched a strategy to deal with the effects of a warming planet. Now, 50 other native tribes have followed suit.

>>For 10,000 years, the Swinomish tribe has fished the waters of northwestern Washington, relying on the bounty of salmon and shellfish not only as a staple of its diet but as a centerpiece of its culture. At the beginning of the fishing season, the tribe gathers on the beach for a First Salmon ceremony, a feast honoring the return of the migratory fish that binds the generations of a tribe that calls itself the People of the Salmon.

At the ceremony's conclusion, single salmon are ferried by boat in four directions — north to Padilla Bay, east to the Skagit River, south to Skagit Bay and west to Deception Pass — and eased into the water with a prayer that they will tell other salmon how well they were treated.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2020/11/24/native-americans-climate-change-swinomish/?arc404=true
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 26, 2020, 09:51:43 AM
Where to See Salmon Spawn in Marin County, California

Despite being listed as critically endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, coho salmon and steelhead trout are still found in Marin County, California. The largest run of coho salmon in the Central California Coast are found in Lagunitas Creek. Salmon and steelhead spawn (build nests) in Lagunitas Creek, San Geronimo Creek, Olema Creek, and several other tributaries.

Coho salmon are an anadromous species, meaning they migrate from the ocean to their freshwater natal streams to spawn, or build nests (called redds). Salmon spend two to seven years in the ocean before returning to the freshwater streams and rivers where they first emerged as fry to build redds in an area of coarse gravel. As a female discharges her eggs into the redd, a male fertilizes them. All coho die after spawning—the dead and dying fish are a valuable source of nutrients for plants, insects, birds and mammals, and are a vital component to the structure of this fascinating ecosystem.

https://seaturtles.org/where-to-see-salmon-spawn-in-marin-county-california/

NOTE:isn't this the ultimate snagger's hot spotting?
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Post by: Sedition and Pockets on November 26, 2020, 10:06:56 AM
For once, some good news.  The Pebble Mine project, had it been allowed to proceed, would have annihilated the most important remaining spawning habitat in North America for salmon and other anadromous fish, despoiled one of the last great wild places on the continent, and dealt a catastrophic blow to the Indigenous people of Alaska, destroying at a stroke their livelihood and erasing thousands of years of history and heritage, all for the private profit of a greedy few.  The denial of this permit ends that threat.  For now.

Understand that this did not happen because of the goodness of the Army Corps of Engineers.  It did not happen because federal regulators are responsible stewards of America's natural inheritance, nor because they respect and honor the treaty arrangements forced upon Native peoples at gunpoint.  We know that they aren't responsible stewards.  We know that they do not respect those treaties.  This victory was won because for more than a decade, Indigenous people, recreational guides, commercial fishers, and sporting and conservation groups struggled together in a massive and sustained fightback against the Pebble Mine project.  When we fight, we win!

This planet is the birthright of all of humanity.  It is the only home any of us will ever know.  Day-by-day and inch-by-inch that home is being stripped and strangled, our common heritage plundered for the private benefit of the obscenely wealthy.  This is the inevitable state of affairs under the dictatorship of capitalism, a system which places all real power in the hands of a tiny minority who own everything and do nothing.  Know, too, that this victory, as great as it is, is only a temporary respite.  The thieves will be back again and again, until they have sucked this wild place as dry as the rest, or we put an end to the system of capitalism entirely.  As long as that system remains in place, no victory is final and nothing that is won can last.  We need a whole new system!  For the planet to live—for ALL of us to live—capitalism must die!

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/25/climate/pebble-mine-permit-denied.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 29, 2020, 09:55:29 AM
Over $10M Granted To Preserve Salmon Habitats

>>>The 27 approved projects will further state and federal fisheries recovery plans, including removing barriers to fish migration, restoring riparian habitat, monitoring of listed populations, and creating a more resilient and sustainably managed water resources system that can better withstand drought conditions.

"The ongoing momentum to restore California's habitat for these historic species hasn't stopped as we face a global pandemic and devastating wildfires," CDFW director Charlton Bonham said.

https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Over-10M-Granted-To-Preserve-Salmon-Habitats-15760564.php
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 29, 2020, 10:01:43 AM
https://youtu.be/sr6lZBCoSSA

Rewilding a run
November 29, 2020 1 Comment

Salmon swim toward recovery, but need a boost

>>>The story repeats itself around the country: Salmon vs. dams, dams vs. salmon.

Dams usually win.

But what happened in the eastern Adirondack Park town of Willsboro is remarkable, a sign of how quickly the balance can change.

The old Saw Mill Dam stood in the middle of town decades after the mill there had closed. It stood for something about the town and what it had been, but it also stood in the way of what had been there, swimming in the Boquet River, long before there was a town.

There used to be a lot of salmon in the Boquet—so many that one early account of the river says 500 were caught there in a single afternoon. But intense fishing like that, along with pollution and dams like the one in Willsboro, wiped them out. Atlantic salmon faded from the Boquet and every other river draining to Lake Champlain. By the mid-1800s, there were no Champlain salmon left.

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/boquet-salmon
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 04, 2020, 09:55:54 AM
New research explains why salmon are dying in the Pacific Northwest.


>>>Scientists in the Pacific Northwest say they've solved a long-running mystery behind the region's dying salmon, a discovery that may explain what's harming fish elsewhere around the globe, including California.

In research published Thursday, a team of university and government scientists identify a toxic material derived from tire treads that is washing into rivers and creeks as the killer of as many as 90% of the coho salmon in parts of the Puget Sound.

The finding is a welcome breakthrough for Washington state after decades of losing the revered fish without a full explanation. However, it also points to a bigger problem, one that's both difficult to solve and not limited to a single part of the country, and possibly rampant in urban areas everywhere.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/environment/article/New-research-explains-why-salmon-are-dying-in-the-15773283.php


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CNN Article

>>>"We believe that 6PPD-quinone is the primary causal toxicant for these observations of coho salmon mortality in the field," said Ed Kolodziej, the lead investigator for this study. "It's exciting to start to understand what is happening because that starts to allow us to manage these problems more effectively."

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/03/us/microplastics-tire-rubber-chemicals-killing-coho-salmon-scn/index.html





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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 04, 2020, 10:13:33 AM
Another farmed salmon mass breakout in Tasmanian waters stuns Huon Aquaculture

Salmon farmer Huon Aquaculture is investigating another unexplained incident that allowed an entire pen of fish to escape into the ocean off southern Tasmania.

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Key points:
It's the second big loss of Atlantic salmon from a Huon Acquaculture fish farm in Tasmania in days
About 130,000 fish each weighing about half a kilogram have escaped into Storm Bay

Company founder wishes "merry Christmas" to local fishers out in droves trying to catch the salmon
The company says 130,000 salmon escaped through a "significant tear" in a fortress pen in Storm Bay on Wednesday morning.

Early last week, the company lost more than 50,000 fish when a pen caught fire in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, melting part of the structure.


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-03/suspicion-around-second-mass-salmon-escape-tasmanian-fish-farm/12947734


Radio Report from ABC Radio:

Environmentalists concerned after second mass exodus of salmon from fish farm

Listen Here 5:55 (https://abcmedia.akamaized.net/news/newsradio/audio/202012/NAUs_kellysalmonTO_0412_nola.mp3)

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newsradio/environmentalists-concerned-after-second-mass/12950166
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 05, 2020, 09:10:46 AM
In depth podcast


Deep dive: What happens when the salmon stop coming home






https://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/deep-dive-what-happens-when-the-salmon-stop-coming-home-1.5827424



>>>Salmon is a staple food for many Indigenous people in the Pacific Northwest. The fish has been the subject of song, story and artwork for thousands of years. It is also a symbol of fortitude, and self sacrifice. But in recent years, the mighty salmon has been facing some scary realities.

This week on Unreserved, a deep dive into the ripple effect of the dwindling fish stock, as we find out what happens when the salmon stop coming home.

It used to be that tens of millions of vibrantly coloured wild salmon could be seen swimming to the upper reaches of British Columbia rivers to spawn. This fall, there were fewer than 300,000. That's the lowest number of wild salmon ever recorded. And that's cause for huge concern. In her documentary, Swimming Upstream, the CBC's Jennifer Chrumka explains how First Nations, fishers and environmentalists are working together to turn the tide.

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Post by: Aka on December 07, 2020, 11:26:41 AM
What say you, The Dude, any plans for a soy based tire?

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/03/us/microplastics-tire-rubber-chemicals-killing-coho-salmon-scn/index.html?utm_term=link&utm_content=2020-12-07T06%3A01%3A10&utm_source=fbCNN&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1cH1b1T82WqhmbZvJQPCrOpUKWUG0o8gbGByNVF5-J3FbcDnM46jT_pqw
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Post by: Aka on December 07, 2020, 11:36:52 AM
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on December 04, 2020, 10:13:33 AMAnother farmed salmon mass breakout in Tasmanian waters stuns Huon Aquaculture

Salmon farmer Huon Aquaculture is investigating another unexplained incident that allowed an entire pen of fish to escape into the ocean off southern Tasmania.

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Key points:
It's the second big loss of Atlantic salmon from a Huon Acquaculture fish farm in Tasmania in days
About 130,000 fish each weighing about half a kilogram have escaped into Storm Bay

Company founder wishes "merry Christmas" to local fishers out in droves trying to catch the salmon
The company says 130,000 salmon escaped through a "significant tear" in a fortress pen in Storm Bay on Wednesday morning.

Early last week, the company lost more than 50,000 fish when a pen caught fire in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, melting part of the structure.


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-03/suspicion-around-second-mass-salmon-escape-tasmanian-fish-farm/12947734


Radio Report from ABC Radio:

Environmentalists concerned after second mass exodus of salmon from fish farm

Listen Here 5:55 (https://abcmedia.akamaized.net/news/newsradio/audio/202012/NAUs_kellysalmonTO_0412_nola.mp3)

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newsradio/environmentalists-concerned-after-second-mass/12950166

In related news, my dad says his freezer is now full. He caught 20 of the escapees from the Huon pens which are about 7 miles down river from his house. He took his boat down river and stretched a net out for a couple of hours. He figured they weigh around 10lbs. each and at $20AUD a kilo he put nearly two grand worth of fish in his freezer in a day.

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Post by: Onslow on December 07, 2020, 14:10:54 PM
Quote from: Aka on December 07, 2020, 11:26:41 AMWhat say you, The Dude, any plans for a soy based tire?

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/03/us/microplastics-tire-rubber-chemicals-killing-coho-salmon-scn/index.html?utm_term=link&utm_content=2020-12-07T06%3A01%3A10&utm_source=fbCNN&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1cH1b1T82WqhmbZvJQPCrOpUKWUG0o8gbGByNVF5-J3FbcDnM46jT_pqw

18 months ago, I was riding in a van full of Boy Scouts, and the gas gage needle started moving a bit quickly.  Upon our arrival back at the lodge, I stuck my head under the van, and gas was running steadily out of the line.

I heard a bit later the fuel lines were soy based. Woodland rodents enjoy chewing on this variety of plant based product. I'm not thinking this is a good plan. Soy processing has some other serious downsides. The population needs to be thinned, but this can be accommplished without turning males into soy boys.

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Post by: Aka on December 08, 2020, 21:43:51 PM
Right at my childhood doorstep. Not so good news for commercial fishermen.

https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2020/12/07/fisheries-council-shuts-down-commercial-salmon-fishing-in-cook-inlet-federal-waters/?fbclid=IwAR0ROOP7MkBYyTC8DcQ7aRGl8_wu6PGCllkbNUS-aZjfwVLWyX4qHHUw7JA
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 12, 2020, 09:24:01 AM
Federal government to build new $176 million "fishway" on the Fraser River



>>>The federal government announced this week it has contracted engineering giant Kiewit to construct a new permanent fishway on the Fraser River at the site of the Big Bar landslide, located about 64 km north of Lillooet.

The contract value is worth CAD$176.3 million, which includes design work. Construction is expected to begin this winter for an operational start in time for the Fraser River's Pacific wild salmon migration in 2022.


https://youtu.be/PDSLuiUwcQ8


https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/big-bar-landslide-fraser-river-fishway-passage-salmon
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 12, 2020, 09:26:37 AM
Restrictions Send Waves Through Sport Fishing Community
FISH OFF: As WDFW Restricts Fishing from Floating Devices on Coastal Rivers, Guides and Sport Fisherman are Left Reeling



>>>The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WFDW) announced new restrictions Tuesday that prohibit fishing from floating devices and the use of baits or scents in coastal rivers. The restrictions, which go into place Dec. 14, sent ripples through the sport fishing community.

Fishing from jet sleds, drift boats and pontoons are all prohibited, greatly limiting the areas fishermen can harvest from and eliminating popular boat-fishing methods such as plugging, side drifting and bobber dogging. Selective gear rules are also in effect, except one single-point barbless hook is allowed, and all rainbow trout must be released.

Rivers will also close earlier than in past years, ranging from Jan. 1, 2021 to April 1, 2021, depending on the river. In Lewis County, the Chehalis, Skookumchuck and Newaukum rivers, including all forks, each close April 1.


http://www.chronline.com/news/restrictions-send-waves-through-sport-fishing-community/article_782c49ae-3c03-11eb-871a-674c34d7f3fa.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 13, 2020, 09:09:16 AM
REGON FIELD GUIDE
The story of salmon's 'hero's journey' that I'm saving for my son


>>>Filming salmon has been a big part of my job as an "Oregon Field Guide" photographer. I've taken assignments up to high-mountain salmon-bearing streams and out on ocean-going research vessels. Along with the numerous interviews I've recorded with scientists, my work has given me a deep appreciation for the remarkable lives of these fish and the epic journey they undertake.

To me, the story of salmon in the Northwest is right up there with Homer's Odyssey in ancient literature.

Salmon are a big part of what makes nature so captivating. And now that I'm a dad, I want my son to develop an appreciation of his own for our natural world.

I was hoping to begin my 3-year-old boy on that journey of discovery this September when I took him to witness the annual return of fall chinook salmon to their spawning grounds in a stream that flows from the Cascade Mountains. But instead of sharing my awe at the returning fish, he did what any toddler would do. He scrambled as close as I'd let him get to the water's edge and hunted for sticks to splash and rocks to toss in the stream.


Watch a cool short video

https://www.opb.org/article/2020/12/12/chinook-salmon-pacific-northwest-cascade-mountains/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 21, 2020, 09:12:44 AM
Nisqually River stretch protected by land trust's $1.2 million purchase

>>>A wild, salmon-producing shoreline on the Nisqually River will now be protected after a local land trust acquired the area.

The Nisqually Land Trust, a non-profit conservancy organization, announced the $1.2 million purchase last week. It covers 174 acres of floodplain and upland forest, including habitat for five species of native Pacific salmon, in the river's Wilcox Reach along the Pierce County side of the river, according to a news release.

"This property is the river's crown jewel," said the trust's lands committee chair George Walter in the release. "In terms of salmon recovery, there's nothing else quite like it."

https://www.thenewstribune.com/outdoors/article247871690.html

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The Nisqually Land Trust, a non-profit conservancy organization, announced a $1.2 million property purchase of this stretch of the river Dec. 15. It covers 174 acres of floodplain and upland forest, including habitat for five species of native Pacific salmon, in the river's Wilcox Reach along the Pierce County side of the river above Yelm. TOM LEESON COURTESY OF WESTERN RIVERS CONSERVANCY
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 22, 2020, 09:09:45 AM
Congress Coronavirus/Appropriations Bill Gives $65 Million to Conserve Fish in Western U.S.

>>>The legislation Congress is poised to pass that combines relief for the coronavirus with federal appropriations for 2021 includes a long list of funding for pet projects around the country, including western states and tribal communities, which will get $65 million to conserve Pacific salmon and steelhead populations.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/12/21/ccongress-coronavirus-appropriations-bill-gives-65-million-to-conserve-fish-in-western-u-s/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 30, 2020, 09:20:00 AM
Nez Perce Tribe reclaims ancestral village site in eastern Oregon

>>>OSEPH — The Nez Perce Tribe is reclaiming an ancestral village site in eastern Oregon more than a century after being pushed out of the area.

This month, the tribe purchased 148 acres of an area known as "the place of boulders," or Am'sáaxpa, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.

Chief Joseph once held council on the ridge above, before a sweeping view of the Wallowa Mountains. Tribal members would camp there and catch sockeye salmon along the Wallowa River.

https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/2020/12/nez-perce-tribe-reclaims-ancestral-village-site-in-eastern-oregon.html


NPR Article and and interesting podcast

https://www.opb.org/article/2020/12/25/nez-perce-tribe-eastern-oregon-reclaims-ancestral-land/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 07, 2021, 10:17:28 AM

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>>>The Maine Department of Marine Resources has reduced its estimate of Atlantic salmon returns to the Penobscot River by nearly 200 fish, but the final estimate for 2020 — 1,440 salmon — is still the highest annual return since 2011. In November, state fisheries scientists announced an estimated 1,603 Atlantic salmon had returned to the Penobscot River.


https://bangordailynews.com/2021/01/07/outdoors/final-penobscot-salmon-estimate-reduced-but-the-total-is-still-the-highest-since-2011/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 12, 2021, 10:46:50 AM
FISHING: Olympic National Park to shut down fishing on West End rivers

>>>According to an Olympic National Park press release, park officials are particularly concerned over the forecasted low return of Queets River wild steelhead. The 2020-21 forecast for Queets wild steelhead is expected to be well below the escapement goal of 4,200 fish. Queets wild steelhead have failed to meet that escapement goal in each of the last four years, and returns in recent years were among the lowest on record.

https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/sports/fishing-olympic-national-park-to-shut-down-fishing-on-west-end-rivers/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 15, 2021, 09:16:55 AM
Scientists draft letter calling on governors to tear down the lower Snake River dams
For salmon and steelhead to survive, the dams must go

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>>>Historically, the Snake River basin was the largest salmon producer in the Columbia River system, once home to salmon runs numbering in the millions. Today, all stocks of salmon and steelhead in the basin are gravely imperiled and some are at the precipice of extinction. Over the last 20 years, the federal government has invested nearly $17 billion into the recovery of Snake River Basin salmon and steelhead—with little to nothing to show in the way of results. The reason, scientists say, is the continued existence of the lower Snake River dams, which destroy habitat, create conditions averse to fish survival, and block passage to vital spawning habitat. This week, ten scientists signed an open letter to the governors of Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho calling on those states to remove the lower four dams on the Snake River, stating that "abundant, healthy and harvestable wild Snake River salmon and steelhead cannot be restored and sustained with the four lower Snake River dams in place."

https://www.hatchmag.com/articles/scientists-draft-letter-calling-governors-tear-down-lower/7715196


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 15, 2021, 09:19:43 AM
ANGLERS REMOVE MORE THAN 100,000 PREDATORS FROM RIVER SYSTEM DURING THE PANDEMIC

Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration and its partners report that in 2020, for the 23rd consecutive season, the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program met its annual goal to remove 10% to 20% of pikeminnow, 9 inches or longer, in the Columbia and Snake rivers that prey on juvenile salmon and steelhead.

    * Fish removed 103,114
    * Registered anglers 2,450
    * Average angler catch 6.5 fish/day
    * Total paid to anglers $839,461
    * Top angler
        * Fish removed 5,579
        * Total earnings $48,501

https://lcvalley.dailyfly.com/Home/ArtMID/1352/ArticleID/57819/ANGLERS-REMOVE-MORE-THAN-100000-PREDATORS-FROM-RIVER-SYSTEM-DURING-THE-PANDEMIC


dang, get paid $9 for every fish over 9" 

https://youtu.be/6Ed8kVQTens

In 2014, the top twenty anglers caught an average of about 3,500 fish per angler and averaged reward payments of $28,609 each for the 5 month season. The highest paid angler earned $73,698.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 18, 2021, 09:16:56 AM
The plight of the wild Atlantic salmon
How climate change, ocean warming and fish farms are affecting the life cycle of this dangerously threatened species.

>>Sitting in the warmth of the desert's winter sun here in the Middle East, my mind turns to the contrast of the season at home, where the gales batter the west coast of the British Isles and the blizzards assault the moors. The cold waters of river and stream course through bleak and cold landscapes, as bare windswept trees frame leaden skies.

Yet on the riverbanks, there are also signs of the coming northern hemisphere spring, signs in which we can hold hope for the year ahead: the thrusting shoots of daffodils, the dainty heads of snowdrop flowers emerging against all the frozen, wintery odds.

>>>Many years ago, I stood mesmerised by the flowing waters of the River Ettrick in the Scottish town of Selkirk. The place was alive with leaping fish, an astonishing sight as salmon migrating from seas off Greenland and Iceland leapt upstream over the town weir in their dozens. The wild fish were coming back to their home waters to spawn, as they have done for millennia.

But year after year, the numbers of returning salmon have been decreasing. And in the last few years, the decline has been in freefall. In Scotland, it is estimated that less than 5 percent of salmon return to their rivers, compared with 20 percent 50 years ago. And it is a problem across the range of the Atlantic salmon, from the United States to Russia.

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https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/1/17/the-plight-of-the-wild-atlantic-salmon

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 19, 2021, 09:27:00 AM
State Report Says Salmon and Steelhead Are Near the Brink of Extinction

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>>>A new report from the Governor's Salmon Recovery Office shows a number of salmon and steelhead populations in Washington state are teetering on the brink of extinction, according to a Thursday press release by the state Recreation and Conservation Office.

The report, titled 'State of Salmon in Watersheds,' shows that 10 of the 14 populations of salmon and steelhead listed as threatened or endangered in Washington under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) are not making progress. Of the 10, five are in crisis.

"We have come a long way in addressing the factors killing salmon," said Erik Neatherlin, the executive coordinator of the Governor's Salmon Recovery Office. "Some salmon populations are strong and nearing recovery. Unfortunately, many challenges are outpacing restoration efforts, holding back recovery of the majority of salmon."

http://www.chronline.com/news/state-report-says-salmon-and-steelhead-are-near-the-brink-of-extinction/article_5085ef2c-59ea-11eb-bdfb-63562cfa03f9.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 19, 2021, 09:34:46 AM
Salmon returning to North Van creek in 'shocking' numbers

https://youtu.be/OQ37L_Gb6NM


>>>After all but disappearing from Mosquito Creek, salmon populations are returning in record numbers thanks to a habitat improvement project led by the North Shore Streamkeepers.

Keegan Casidy, the group's president, grew up fishing in North Vancouver. Life took him to the Cariboo for a time but when he returned to the North Shore in 2016, he saw his beloved creek almost devoid of fish.

The last time a pink salmon had been spotted there was the following year.

"I used to run down with a fishing rod, prior to cellphones and things like that, and have some fond memories of very large fish in the creek," he said. "I very quickly found out that the salmon population had declined to a point of almost extirpation."


https://www.nsnews.com/local-news/salmon-returning-to-north-van-creek-in-shocking-numbers-video-3272706

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 21, 2021, 10:03:08 AM
Letter to the Editor: Kennebec River best hope for Atlantic salmon


>>>I was involved in the Augusta's Edwards Dam removal for 25 years. It started out with a small group of conservationists who liked to fish and had a vision of a free-flowing river. With the help of many other groups and individuals, the first ever power generating dam was removed for environmental reasons.

The benefits of returning the Kennebec to free flowing to Waterville and beyond have been well documented, with alewife, shad and blue backs returning in record numbers, just to name a few. The fish lift owned by Brookfield at Lockwood hasn't passed shad or alewife in any numbers for 10 years.

The Kennebec River is the last hope for restoring wild Atlantic salmon in the United Stated. The amount of power lost at the lower dams on the Kennebec is minimal and the benefits of dam removal is well documented. The only fish passage that really work is a free flowing river.

Before we damned the Kennebec and made it an industrial river, Atlantic salmon ran wild in huge numbers and were harvested and sold all over the world. We were their demise and we have an obligation to restore them if we can!


https://www.pressherald.com/2021/01/18/letter-to-the-editor-kennebec-river-best-hope-for-atlantic-salmon/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 21, 2021, 10:21:07 AM
A River on the Rebound, "From the Mountains to the Sea"

>>>One of the greatest stories of ecological rebirth happened (and is happening) right here in Maine. It's a story of people and communities and organizations and businesses finding ways to cooperate and find paths to positive changes that benefit all. A richly illustrated new book, "From the Mountains to the Sea," published by Islandport Press, tells this uplifting tale: the amazing story of the historic restoration of the Penobscot River.

Beginning in the late 1700s and continuing through the 1800s and 1900s, dams were built on the Penobscot River despite continued objections by the Penobscot Nation, knowing that the dams would prevented fish from making their annual migrations from the sea to their spawning grounds upriver. Atlantic salmon, alewife, American shad, and American eel were among the dozen species of sea-run fish whose populations were decimated by the figurative slamming of the door to the river highway that led to the breeding grounds that they had used for thousands of years. Those fish populations had numbered in the millions, bringing essential sustenance to the people of the Penobscot Nation and to countless birds, mammals, and other creatures. Two hundred years later, the fish and the river were barely a shadow of what they had been.

https://www.boothbayregister.com/article/river-rebound-mountains-sea/142741


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 22, 2021, 09:24:44 AM
If you've got a lot of time on your hands you can watch for Atlantic Salmon on BBC's winter watch web cam on the River Ness.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/eqwz3d/live/cbmj3d

Note: the view rotates through several web cams... so stay tuned to view the river...



The male salmon of the River Ness
We've got some wonderful live wildlife cameras in the River Ness, in Scotland, following the fortunes of the Atlantic salmon that come there to spawn. And you can even get to know the individual characters with this handy guide from Chris Conroy, River Director & Clerk of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board.

See if you can spot any of the regulars on the live camera!
A few weeks after returning from the sea and entering freshwater, Atlantic salmon lose their silvery colouration and start to change to their breeding dress. Individual Atlantic salmon may seem very similar, but each fish has unique natural markings. This includes dark pigment spots called 'melanophores'. Individual fish can be identified from their melanophore patterns (known as 'melanophore constellations'). Some fish also have distinctive scars caused by predator damage or the teeth of other fish.

We have captured images of some of the regular visitors to this part of the River Ness this year and highlighted their melanophore patterns (red circles) and any distinctive scars (red arrow). We have concentrated on the males as they tend to hang around longer than the females. Some of these fish have been in the area for over a month already.

See if you can spot any of the regulars on the live camera!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/m6PPgCSTg1fh1NHCpkn2Sp/the-male-salmon-of-the-river-ness


I just spied this guy...

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Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon/Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 28, 2021, 10:12:08 AM


Helping the Atlantic salmon avoid extinction
The Atlantic salmon run used to be majestic. Today the species is on the brink of extinction. One hatchery in Maine is giving the species in the US hope

Watch the CNN short video (https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/01/27/atlantic-salmon-extinction-c2e-intl-lon-orig.cnn) about the Downeast Salmon Federation (https://www.mainesalmonrivers.org/) (Maine) which utilized the hatchery methods developed by Peter Gray on the River Tyne in the UK.





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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 03, 2021, 09:18:46 AM
Funding announced for projects to protect and restore Pacific wild salmon

>>>Steps are being taken at the federal and provincial level to help preserve our wild salmon population.

Federal fisheries minister Bernadette Jordan announced funding for four projects, aimed at restoring salmon habitats across B.C.

The $4 million in funding will come out of the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund.

The latest projects that will receive funding through BCSRIF are: (follow link for more info)

https://www.mycomoxvalleynow.com/75444/funding-announced-for-projects-to-protect-and-restore-pacific-wild-salmon/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 04, 2021, 06:29:37 AM
https://www.instagram.com/p/CKy_s4xHmED/?igshid=n6ivgqpluhn5
Title: Re: Unlimited Salmon / Steelhead News Update...
Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 04, 2021, 09:16:33 AM
Bill Would Preserve Thousands of Miles of Oregon's Rivers
Economy, residents, and wildlife stand to benefit from expanded wild and scenic designations

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>>>Looking at a map of Oregon, it's hard to miss the intertwining rivers, streams, wetlands, and lakes—a natural network that delivers clean drinking water to Beaver State communities, supports a thriving outdoor recreation economy, and provides vital habitat for wildlife.

Yet, only 2% of the state's 110,000 miles of rivers are protected under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D) is trying to change that with the River Democracy Act of 2021, which he introduced on Feb. 3 and which would designate approximately 4,700 miles of waterways as wild and scenic, giving Oregon the most wild and scenic river miles in the U.S.

These waterways include places such as the North Fork of the Smith, prized by anglers for its cutthroat and steelhead trout; the Illinois River, which flows through the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southwestern Oregon and is home to rare plants that are found nowhere else; Looking Glass Creek, a tributary to the Grande Ronde River in the state's northeastern corner and home to bears, lynx, and wolverines; and the Nestucca River, which cuts through the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge and is home to bald eagles and Canada geese.

The legislation would benefit Oregonians, the state economy, and the state's natural systems, protecting these special resources for generations to come.

https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2021/02/03/bill-would-preserve-thousands-of-miles-of-oregons-rivers
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 06, 2021, 09:34:59 AM
Ranchers improve fish habitat via 25-year partnership

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>>>The Lemhi River meanders for 60 miles through a big valley in this quiet corner of Eastern Idaho before it flows into the Salmon River.

Here, local ranchers have been working closely with fish experts and conservation professionals for more than 25 years to improve fish habitat for ESA-listed Snake River chinook salmon and steelhead, migrating fish that travel more than 800 miles from here to the Pacific Ocean.

Even before the fish were protected under the Endangered Species Act in the early 1990s, Lemhi ranchers wanted to do their part to save the fish.

"I used to go down to catch salmon all the time," says Don Olson, a Lemhi rancher who's been involved since the beginning. "It was a big deal when we was kids. We used to come down to this pool here, and the salmon would lodge in here, and man you'd ride 'em and chase 'em, and do all kinds of fun stuff."


https://www.capitalpress.com/ag_sectors/livestock/ranchers-improve-fish-habitat-via-25-year-partnership/article_f4ebd134-2b4c-11eb-be8a-e36ce0f42a85.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 08, 2021, 09:15:39 AM
Conservationists and biologists are sounding the alarm over off-roading activity in a part of the Fraser River critical for spawning fish.

Gill Bar is a gravel bar near Chilliwack popular with ATV riders and anglers. It's also part of an area known as the "heart of the Fraser" relied on by dozens of juvenile fish species.

https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/921e3ebe-69ba-11eb-97d0-0242ac110005/


raw video...

https://youtu.be/-T0VE4m_shs


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 08, 2021, 09:19:55 AM

This GOP congressman wants to remove 4 dams to save Idaho's salmon. It'll cost billions.


>>>An Idaho Republican congressman wants to end the salmon wars by removing select hydroelectric dams, replacing the electricity lost, paying communities and businesses, and giving American Indian tribes more power.

A $33 billion Pacific Northwest energy and infrastructure proposal would end litigation over endangered salmon and authorize the removal of four dams on the Snake River in Washington beginning in 2030. U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of East Idaho released the plan after asking more than 300 groups what they would need if the dams came out.

Power marketed by the Bonneville Power Administration from the four controversial dams would be replaced. Shippers and farmers would get funds for alternatives to the barge shipping on the Snake and compensation for closed barge facilities. Lewiston in Idaho and the Tri-Cities in Washington would get billions for economic development

https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/environment/article248988810.html
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 10, 2021, 09:17:25 AM
One Alaska king salmon is worth the same as two barrels of oil right now

>>>Seafood sales "are on fire" in America's supermarkets and one king salmon from Southeast Alaska is worth the same as two barrels of oil.

That's $116.16 for a troll-caught chinook salmon averaging 11 pounds at the docks vs. $115.48 for 2 barrels of oil at $57.74 per barrel on Feb. 3.

As more COVID-conscious customers opted in 2020 for seafood's proven health benefits, salmon powered sales at fresh seafood counters. Frozen and "on the shelf" seafoods also set sales records, and online ordering tripled to top $1 billion.

https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2021/02/09/one-alaska-king-salmon-is-worth-the-same-as-two-barrels-of-oil-right-now/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 11, 2021, 09:09:07 AM




Program seeks to restore salmon

>>>Bolstered by a recent federal grant, the Peter Gray Parr Project continues its work to restore the Atlantic salmon in Maine waters.

The species remains endangered in the United States and according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, "the last wild populations of U.S. Atlantic salmon are found in at least eight rivers in Maine."
https://www.ellsworthamerican.com/maine-news/waterfront/program-seeks-to-restore-salmon/
The Peter Gray Parr Project closely mimics the way juvenile salmon, known as parr, which are older and bigger than fry, are raised in the wild. It has been used by the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) to stock the East Machias River with parr for the last 10 years.

It has been so successful that it is garnering national recognition and was featured on CNN's "Call to Earth," which reports on environmental challenges and solutions.

https://www.ellsworthamerican.com/maine-news/waterfront/program-seeks-to-restore-salmon/

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 13, 2021, 10:07:33 AM
Reviving the Atlantic salmon, one egg at a time

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UMF students and instructor Nancy Prentiss, along with fisheries specialists, trek through the snow to plant Atlantic salmon eggs in a nearby tributary of the Sandy River. (Photo by Elliott Eno)

>>>AVON – University of Maine at Farmington students assisted The Department of Marine Resources in planting 15,000 Atlantic salmon eggs on Wednesday morning; the Sandy River in the past has always had a healthy Atlantic salmon population according to Maranda Nemeth of The Atlantic Salmon Federation.

"The species in the Sandy have really diminished over the years. Historically the salmon runs used to run in the tens of thousands, but there have been dams...and other [factors] that have caused their decline," said Nemeth.

Dams have been the major cause of decline in the Atlantic salmon population in Maine.

"One of the big projects we have right now is tackling one of those big problems, mainly dams. So, we're working to remove the dam in Farmington," said Nemeth. "We're hoping to remove that this year."



https://dailybulldog.com/features/reviving-the-atlantic-salmon-one-egg-at-a-time/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 10, 2021, 09:13:52 AM
Return of the King of Fish

>>>A coalition comprising the Maine Department of Marine Resources, USFWS, the Penobscot Indian Nation and a commercial salmon-raising firm, Cook Aquaculture USA, has undertaken a novel approach to rearing adult Atlantic salmon and introducing them to the East Branch of the Penobscot River.

Approximately 5,000 adult fish will be transported from the net pens to target tributaries and the mainstem of the East Branch of the Penobscot River in the fall of 2021 or 2022, where they will find suitable habitat to naturally spawn. This will result in more spawning adults than have been present in the Penobscot River for decades.

Smolts raised from native broodstock by the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Green Lake National Fish Hatchery in Ellsworth, Maine, and smolts captured in the wild by rotary screw traps will be used to stock the marine net pens in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Smolts will include only those from Penobscot River origin to ensure the genetic integrity of salmon released into the river.

https://observer-me.com/2021/03/09/news/return-of-the-king-of-fish/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 16, 2021, 13:00:53 PM
Conne River salmon stocks near extinction, says DFO

Stock returns set record low for 4th straight year

>>>The latest salmon numbers from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans come with a stark warning to the south coast of Newfoundland, as the stock there is near extinction.

Nick Kelly, a DFO stock assessment biologist, says the salmon population in Conne River has dropped dramatically since monitoring began in the late 1980s, from about 10,000 salmon then to fewer than 200 last year.

"It's on this pretty sharp downward trajectory," Kelly told CBC Radio's The Broadcast on Friday. The stock has particularly nosedived since 2016, when 1,200 fish returned.

Kelly said the population at nearby Little River has also dropped to near zero, with fewer than 10 salmon returning to the river in 2020. He said several factors could be at play in the decrease, including sub-optimal sea surface temperatures, physical conditions and the availability of prey.

"The marine ecosystem is quite complex in itself. It could be a variety of issues," he said.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/conne-river-salmon-stocks-near-exinction-1.5949786
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 16, 2021, 13:04:08 PM
Wabanaki perspective on Kennebec River damming

>>>For millennia, the Kennebec River was the nucleus of Wabanaki food-systems, diplomacy, and ceremonial life. After hundreds of years of industrial development, it has become unsustainable for Wabanaki peoples and our aquatic relatives alike. The future of Atlantic Salmon and several other sea-run fish now hinges on the restoration of this waterway.

The five Wabanaki nations are often described as "riverine" peoples, because the interconnected waterways of our homelands are a vital part of our cultural identities and sustenance. We have always traversed our vast territory by canoe, considering the Kennebec River as both a relative in herself and a means to reach our relatives throughout our kinship network. Using the Kennebec River system (the second largest in Maine), one can access the St. Lawrence, Androscoggin, Allagash, St. John, St. Croix, Aroostook, Sebasticook, Penobscot, and Machias rivers, and the open ocean.

Damming these rivers has been both a symptom and a strategy of colonization. In spite of this, Wabanaki people are still able to portage around obstructions in our rivers. The fish are not so privileged, and for this reason we must do everything we can to ensure their access to the expansive northeastern river systems that sustain us all.

Today, a dozen once-abundant species of fish are unable to reach their historic territories, spawning grounds, and rearing habitats along the Kennebec and its tributaries. Critically, damming has brought Atlantic salmon to the brink of extinction in this watershed and possibly across the entire continent.

https://dailybulldog.com/features/wabanaki-perspective-on-kennebec-river-damming/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 17, 2021, 09:08:52 AM

https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/sports/outdoors/potential-dam-removal-on-the-kennebec-river-is-met-with-support-and-opposition-after-a-proposed-ammendment-calls-for-multiple-dams-to-be-removed/97-c9c20a20-b17d-4716-b8be-4b68ebd89429
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 20, 2021, 08:16:30 AM

5 Things to Know About the Fate of Wild Salmon
Historical pressures combined with new threats from climate change have pushed more than a dozen species close to extinction.

It's not too hard to find salmon on a menu in the United States, but that seeming abundance — much of it fueled by overseas fish farms — overshadows a grim reality on the ground. Many of our wild salmon, outside Alaska, are on the ropes — and have been for decades.

Twenty years ago Pacific salmon were found to have disappeared from 40% of their native rivers and streams across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California. In places where they remain, like the Columbia River system, the number of wild fish returning to streams is estimated to have plunged by as much as 98%. Today 28 populations of West Coast salmon and steelhead are listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

New research is helping to put the problem — and solutions — into focus. But in some cases, policy to implement changes still lags.



https://therevelator.org/pacific-salmon-coverage/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 23, 2021, 08:52:41 AM
Maine Is Bringing Salmon Back
In an experimental approach, the state is partnering with salmon farmers to reintroduce wild-born fish to Maine's rivers.

>>>April 1 used to mark the opening of the Atlantic salmon fishing season on the Penobscot River in Maine. Anglers in pea pods would vie for the honor of catching the first fish, and commercial salmon fishermen would set their weirs, nets, and traps into the snowmelt-swollen current.

But as the species declined, from tens of thousands of fish in the 19th century to a few thousand in the early 20th, people became disconnected from the so-called king of fish. Commercial fishing ended in 1947; salmon angling became catch and release only in the 1990s; and all fishing ceased in 1999, when the Atlantic salmon was placed on the US endangered species list.

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/maine-is-bringing-salmon-back/
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 28, 2021, 11:42:11 AM
Searching for the secrets of Scotland's vanishing 'king of fish'
New investigations are being launched in a bid to discover the fate of Scotland's iconic wild salmon, which are disappearing at a worrying rate.

>>>Scottish rivers are home to around 90 per cent of all wild Atlantic salmon in the UK.

But studies suggest only five out of every 100 that set off on their journey to the ocean ever come back.

If declines continue at the current rate it's estimated the species will be on the endangered list in less than ten years.

Tracking studies have already been set up on rivers on Scotland's east coast, but now the scheme is being extended to take in new sites on the west.

The Perth-based Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST) began monitoring around the Moray Firth last year to establish where the fish are going missing.

Results reveal that half of newly hatched salmon never even make it to the sea.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/searching-for-the-secrets-of-scotlands-vanishing-king-of-fish-3180439
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 31, 2021, 09:04:42 AM
It's time for a different approach to Atlantic salmon restoration

>>>You can't put a monetary value on a species, or a price tag or timetable on efforts to prevent one from going extinct. Extinction is about much more than money, and its impacts are not fully understood until years after it occurs. Our environment is a complex series of natural interactions that work together to make our world what it is. For every action there is a reaction, and there is no way to fully understand what that will be until you lose a piece.

The nation's Atlantic salmon are hanging by a thread. Atlantic salmon are not just another fish, they are the King of Fish, the Presidential Fish. They are an important part of Maine's history, lore and outdoor heritage, and one of the things that makes Maine unique. And when it comes to Atlantic salmon, Maine is the last battleground in the United States. As goes Maine, so goes the Atlantic salmon. And as goes the Atlantic salmon, so goes Maine...

https://bangordailynews.com/2021/03/30/outdoors/its-time-for-a-different-approach-to-atlantic-salmon-restoration/
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Post by: WMT on March 31, 2021, 10:19:13 AM
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on March 31, 2021, 09:04:42 AMIt's time for a different approach to Atlantic salmon restoration

>>>You can't put a monetary value on a species, or a price tag or timetable on efforts to prevent one from going extinct. Extinction is about much more than money, and its impacts are not fully understood until years after it occurs. Our environment is a complex series of natural interactions that work together to make our world what it is. For every action there is a reaction, and there is no way to fully understand what that will be until you lose a piece.

The nation's Atlantic salmon are hanging by a thread. Atlantic salmon are not just another fish, they are the King of Fish, the Presidential Fish. They are an important part of Maine's history, lore and outdoor heritage, and one of the things that makes Maine unique. And when it comes to Atlantic salmon, Maine is the last battleground in the United States. As goes Maine, so goes the Atlantic salmon. And as goes the Atlantic salmon, so goes Maine...

https://bangordailynews.com/2021/03/30/outdoors/its-time-for-a-different-approach-to-atlantic-salmon-restoration/

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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 05, 2021, 08:36:45 AM
https://therevelator.org/kennebec-atlantic-salmon/


Our Last, Best Chance to Save Atlantic Salmon
Atlantic salmon are perilously close to extinction in the United States. Taking down a few dams could go a long way to aiding their recovery, experts say.


>>>Atlantic salmon have a challenging life history — and those that hail from U.S. waters have seen things get increasingly difficult in the past 300 years.

Dubbed the "king of fish," Atlantic salmon once numbered in the hundreds of thousands in the United States and ranged up and down most of New England's coastal rivers and ocean waters. But dams, pollution and overfishing have extirpated them from all the region's rivers except in Maine. Today only around 1,000 wild salmon, known as the Gulf of Maine distinct population segment, return each year from their swim to Greenland. Fewer will find adequate spawning habitat in their natal rivers to reproduce.

That's left Atlantic salmon in the United States critically endangered. Hatchery and stocking programs have kept them from disappearing entirely, but experts say recovering healthy, wild populations will require much more, including eliminating some of the obstacles (literally) standing in their way.

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Post by: troutrus on April 05, 2021, 17:57:13 PM
Fish lifts and taxi cabs moving fish upriver takes the excitement out of a "wild fishery" for me.
Plus, Canada ain't much farther.
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 07, 2021, 19:28:08 PM
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/endangered-trout-return-to-the-los-angeles-river


Endangered trout may soon return to the concrete Los Angeles River
The paved waterway is best known for movie car chases, but a new project aims to make it a haven for wildlife once again.

>>>One of the most prominent pilot projects in the billion-dollar effort is the Los Angeles River Fish Passage and Habitat Structures Design Project, which aims to allow fish—especially steelhead—to move freely through the river once again. 

Like salmon, steelhead are anadromous fish that live in the ocean and return to rivers and streams to spawn. As recently as the early 1900s, steelhead in the tens of thousands would make the run from the Pacific Ocean upstream through the Los Angeles River to its mountain headwaters. Anglers would congregate at spots like Steelhead Park, now near Dodgers Stadium, hoping to catch these iridescent sportfish that can grow up to three feet long.


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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 08, 2021, 08:21:05 AM
Acoustic salmon trackers used to find out why population is shrinking

Conservationists looking into the drastic decline in the world's wild salmon population are using the River Nith in Dumfries & Galloway for their research.

Acoustic tracking devices have been installed along the river to detect the movement of tagged Salmon. It is hoped the data will give a better picture of why the population is shrinking.

Research shows in the 1980s, there were between eight and ten million salmon swimming in the Atlantic.

But that number has now plummeted to between two and three million with fears salmon could disappear from our seas and rivers altogether in just 20 or 30 years.

https://www.itv.com/news/border/2021-04-07/acoustic-salmon-trackers-used-to-find-out-why-population-is-shrinking
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Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 21, 2021, 08:11:26 AM
WHOOSH!

A new solution to help fish navigate man-made barriers in our rivers whisks fish over dams in seconds almost before the fish are aware of it.

>>>Essentially, Whooshh is a flexible tube with an entry point at the bottom of the barrier. Here, they photograph the fish in a wet airlock component at high speed, and machine learning measures each fish and directs it to a best-fit tube, the transport tube itself, and an ejection zone where the fish might be braked to ensure a safe re-entry to the river above the dam. "It's a voluntary process for the fish. We create an attraction flow or current where we want the fish to enter the system. We sit it in an area where the fish will naturally aggregate or rest in front of the barrier. They will find the entrance by themselves," Byron explains.

Once inside, the fish enter a dewatered and misted wet airlock where they are photographed at high resolution at high speed 18 times from three angles, using both infrared and visible light. In less than half a second, the technology identifies the fish by species, and its girth measured. It is important to dewater the photography area to enable its use in even turbid waters. One unexpected result of the library of high-resolution images has been that fish biologists have been able to quantify sea lion and seal attacks on the beleaguered fish, helping to inform fisheries policies on predator control. A sorting algorithm then either sends the fish forward to an appropriate diameter tube for its journey up and over the barrier or rejects it as an undesirable alien species and sends it back to the river, denying it passage. The company must train the algorithm on hundreds of images of fish from each river over a period of months. This is important so that fisheries authorities can stop invasive species continuing upriver and competing with the valued native species like Atlantic salmon or Chinook for food and spawning sites. Fisheries managers will decide whether to remove the invasive species altogether, or return them to the river. The system can handle 60 fish a minute, more than enough for a busy migration.

https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2021/04/fairground-for-fish-a-solution-to-help-navigate-man-made-barriers/

https://youtu.be/17qyh611alA