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Drought-ravaged winter-run Chinook salmon hit rock bottom on the Sacramento River

Only 1,123 adult winter Chinook salmon, once one of the biggest salmon runs on the Sacramento River and its tributaries, returned to the Sacramento Valley in 2017, according to a report sent to the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). By Dan Bacher “This is the second lowest number of returning adult winter […]

September 15th

Cali natives move to add spring chinook salmon to endangered species list

A team of researchers at the University of California, Davis led by Dr. Michael Miller, have published a report in the journal Science Advances that may have sweeping ramifications for salmon fisheries management all along the west coast and Alaska. The report describes the genetic difference between Chinook (or King) salmon that migrate into rivers […]

September 2nd

Restore the Delta joins lawsuit against Delta Tunnels project

A coalition of conservation groups is suing the California Department of Water Resources over its approval of the controversial Delta Tunnels project. “Once again Big Ag in the San Joaquin Valley has come begging for more corporate welfare,” said Adam Keats, a senior attorney at the Center for Food Safety. “Only this time it’s at […]

August 26th

Delta Tunnels: DFW issues permit to kill endangered salmon & smelt

The deal made between the Jerry Brown and Donald Trump administrations to fast-track the construction of the Governor’s Delta Tunnels project, a deal that I predicted on election night 2016, is becoming more apparent nearly every day. By Dan Bacher  On July 28, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, under the helm of Director Chuck Bonham, issued an “incidental […]

August 1st

Bringing salmon home to Cali – natives raise $60,000 on GoFundMe

California’s native Winnemem Wintu tribe has been working tirelessly to restore the native salmon to their Northern California streams and rivers. And they’ve nearly reached their GoFundMe goal of $85,000, having reached their preliminary target of $60,000. By Jeremy Bloom In one of the most unusual restoration stories I’ve ever heard, the Winnemem Wintu are attempting to […]

July 11th

Boom! Local and national groups sue to block water-stealing Delta Tunnels

Last Monday, the Trump administration claimed that the California WaterFix/ Delta Tunnels will not jeopardize threatened or endangered species or adversely modify their critical habitat. (Other than stealing millions of gallons of the water they need to live and sending it to Southern California big ag business interests and cities.) By Dan Bacher In response, fishing […]

July 3rd

More good news: Entire fish species can be restored if we do the work

There is some good news on West Coast fisheries, in spite of the lowest expected return of Klamath River fall-run Chinook salmon this year. The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) reported on June 19 that two key West Coast ground fish stocks that were formerly overfished, bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish, have been rebuilt. By Dan Bacher […]

June 24th

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