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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

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