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Disastrous Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir still key components of updated CA Water Plan

At a press event to celebrate the above average snowpack survey in the Sierra Nevada on April 2, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the state’s controversial updated California Water Plan to supposedly “protect California’s water supplies from the climate crisis” while boosting the state’s ability to capture and store water for when dry conditions return. By Dan Bacher Among the key […]

April 5th

“Declare a salmon fishery disaster”, say CA Rep Huffman and Sen Padilla

This week, Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) led their colleagues in an urgent letter to President Joe Biden and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo calling for them to swiftly declare a federal fishery disaster, joining California Governor Gavin Newsom in his request. By Dan Bacher “The closure of this vital […]

April 15th

Salmon is off the menu – Fishery council closes salmon fishing off California Coast this year

Commercial and recreational fishing for salmon will be banned this year in marine waters off California and most of Oregon due to historically low fall run Chinook salmon returns to the Sacramento and Klamath watersheds last year. On Thursday, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) unanimously voted to recommend a full closure of the recreational and commercial fishing season, […]

April 8th

Yurok Tribe and fishermen sue to protect Salmon in California’s Klamath watershed

From the Yurok Tribe, PCFFA and IFR about their lawsuit against the Bureau of Reclamation: Federal Agency Cuts Flows as the Largest River Restoration Project Begins Last week, the Yurok Tribe, with the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) and the Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), sued the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to ensure enough […]

March 30th

CA water board intends to suspend water quality protection. Groups intend to sue to block them

A coalition of environmental groups – the California Water Impact Network, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, and AquAlliance – have submitted a notice of intent to sue the State Water Resources Control Board unless it rescinds an order to suspend water quality and fish protections in California rivers and the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, according to a coalition press release. […]

March 14th

Commercial anglers, ocean passenger fleet and river guides ALL call for 2023 salmon season closure

The leadership of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the Golden Gate Fisherman’s Association, and the Northern California Guides and Sportsmen’s Association are calling for an immediate closure of the 2023 salmon season and are requesting that Governor Newsom, the State Legislature, and state agencies seek Federal and State disaster assistance funding for affected ocean […]

March 9th

Endangered species: CA salmon season needs to be shut down immediately

The leadership of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the Golden Gate Fisherman’s Association, and the Northern California Guides and Sportsmen’s Association are calling for an immediate closure of the 2023 salmon season and are requesting that Governor Newsom, the State Legislature, and state agencies seek Federal and State disaster assistance funding for affected ocean […]

March 4th

Fishery scientists announce dismal 2023 outlook for CA salmon

This is the press release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reporting on the CDFW’’s Salmon Information Webinar that took place yesterday. Not mentioned in the press release is that the vast majority of participants showed their vocal support for an ocean and river salmon fishing closure like that one in 2008-2009 when salmon stocks declined to […]

March 3rd

Lobsters versus right whales: The latest chapter in a long quest to make fishing more sustainable

Maine lobster fishermen received a Christmas gift from Congress at the end of 2022: A six-year delay on new federal regulations designed to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. Blake Earle, Texas A&M University The Conversation The rules would have required lobstermen to create new seasonal nonfishing zones and further reduce their use of […]

January 24th

California’s Hoopa Valley Tribe asks for injunction against plan to set aside restoration agreement

The Hoopa Valley Tribe has asked a federal district court in Fresno for an injunction against the Bureau of Reclamation, the Interior Department agency responsible for restoring Hoopa’s fishery on California’s Trinity River. By Dan Bacher Reclamation plans to set aside a twenty-two year-old agreement with the United States to restore the Tribe’s fishery, which […]

December 23rd