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Cali native tribe turns to GoFundMe for salmon restoration project

At a time when climate change, dams and industrial water extraction for Big Ag threaten the future of California’s salmon, federal biologists agree with the Winnemem Wintu Tribe that salmon must return to the glacial waters of the McCloud River above Shasta Dam in order to survive. By Dan Bacher This June, the tribe and […]

June 21st

Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels still wrong for California

Below is my three-minute testimony before the Delta Stewardship Council in Sacramento yesterday on the Delta Tunnels plan. I was the last one to make public comment at the meeting. Unfortunately, many residents of the South Delta community of Discovery Bay were unable to speak during the public comment period because their chartered bus had to leave at […]

May 26th

West Coast salmon fishery in state of disaster

California Governor Jerry Brown and Oregon Governor Kate Brown have sent a letter  to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross requesting declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster and commercial fishery failure for salmon in their states. By Dan Bacher The declaration begins the process for requesting federal aid to assist commercial salmon trollers and […]

May 26th

California’s salmon and trout facing EXTINCTION

If present trends continue, almost half of California’s native salmon, steelhead and trout are likely be extinct in the next 50 years  — and 70 percent of these iconic fish will be gone in one hundred years. By Dan Bacher That was the alarming news unveiled by scientists and conservation group leaders in a press teleconference announcing the findings of a new […]

May 21st

Big agriculture backs down from attack on Cali fishing

By Dan Bacher In a big victory for fishing groups who were mobilizing for a huge turn out of anglers at the California Fish and Game Commission meeting in Folsom on August 25, Stewart Resnick’s Coalition for a Sustainable Delta Astroturf group and their water contractor allies withdrew their petition to increase bag limits and […]

September 12th

GMO frankenfish are coming – unless you act…

By Credo Action Late last year the FDA quietly took a major step toward approving the “frankenfish,” AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon. Its approval would be a radical move by the FDA – the first genetically modified animal ever to enter our food supply. It’s no wonder the FDA posted its final review, clearing the way for […]

February 20th

What’s for Christmas dinner? How about some Frankenfish?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a draft environmental assessment (EA) finding, in spite of much evidence to the contrary, that genetically engineered (GE) AquaAdvantage salmon pose no risk to the environment. The document claimed that the fish “will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of […]

December 24th

Muddying the waters of California’s marine protection mess

Jason Scorse, the director of the new Center for the Blue Economy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the author of What Environmentalists Need to Know about Economics, has written an interesting opinion piece in the Oakland Tribune discussing the economic value of the coast to the California economy and the need to […]

August 21st

California coalition tells feds: Peripheral canal is an enormous mistake

Restore the Delta today released a powerfully-worded letter from 38 environmental, fishing, consumer, Native American and other groups alerting U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar of the enormous environmental and economic perils posed by the Obama administration’s support of the peripheral canal or tunnel. The groups said the administration is “poised to make an enormous mistake…and […]

June 14th

The inconvenient truths about California’s MLPA ocean protection

The San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday, June 10 reported on the Fish and Game Commission’s approval of a network of so-called “marine protected areas” on California’s North Coast. Peter Fimrite wrote: A vast network of undersea reserves – which conservationists have dreamed about for years – has been completed by the California Fish and Game Commission. […]

June 12th

California’s ocean protection extended to North Coast

The California Fish and Game Commission on June 6 adopted regulations for the North Coast marine protected areas (MPAs) created under the controversial Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. Commissioners Michael Sutton, Richard Rogers and Jack Baylis voted 3 to 0 to approve the regulations covering approximately 1,027 square miles of state waters from the […]

June 8th

Not so fast: Consumers and activists ask who will pay for Peripheral Canal?

Southern California consumer and environmental advocates will hold a news conference in Los Angeles Thursday, May 17, to challenge the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) to support an independent cost-benefit analysis of the proposed multibillion Peripheral Canal or Tunnel. “Who would get the water and who would pay the bill, which is now estimated to be […]

May 17th

The fix is in: California’s peripheral canal may be unstoppable

The Delta Stewardship Council staff on May 14 released the final draft Delta Plan, drawing a response from Delta advocates that the fix is in to build a peripheral canal or tunnel that would grab millions of gallons of water for agribusiness and Southern California development, leaving fish, native tribes, and other users high and […]

May 15th