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CA native Winnemem Wintu and partners return winter-run chinook salmon eggs to McCloud River above Shasta dam

Drought Action Moves Endangered Salmon Back Into Their Historical Habitat For First Time Since Construction Of Shasta Dam The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on Monday celebrated the return of endangered winter-run Chinook […]

July 14th

Microplastics may pose a greater threat to the base of marine food webs

Microplastics — tiny pieces of plastic less than five millimetres in size — have been found in marine and freshwater animals ranging from tiny zooplankton to large whales. However, researchers are still struggling to understand the impact that microplastics are having on aquatic species. By Garth A Covernton, University of Toronto; Hailey Davies, University of […]

July 11th

UN Chief warns of ‘Ocean Emergency’ as leaders confront biodiversity loss, pollution

With the goal of hammering out a declaration to protect the oceans and their vast resources from exploitation, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres opened the body’s Ocean Conference by warning that the world faces “an ocean emergency.” By Julia Conley Common Dreams “We must turn the tide,” said Guterres. “A healthy and productive ocean is vital to […]

July 9th

Marine preserves restore ocean populations – nations need to move from pledges to realities

Billions of people around the world rely on the ocean for food, income and cultural identity. But climate change, overfishing and habitat destruction are unraveling ocean ecosystems. By Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Oregon State University The Conversation As a marine ecologist, I study ways to improve ocean conservation and management by protecting key areas of the ocean. […]

June 18th

More than 90% of the spring Chinook Salmon have died in one CA river

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has just published their monitoring report on 2021’s spring Chinook salmon run on Butte Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River in Northern California. By Dan Bacher The number of adult spring-run Chinooks that perished before spawning is worse than the preliminary estimate by the CDFW in October 2021, when the CDFW […]

June 1st

New Film Celebrates Klamath Tribal Communities, Salmon and Dam Removal

Press Release from the Karuk Tribe, Yurok Tribe • Hoopa Valley Tribe • Swiftwater Films: Bring the Salmon Home Tells Story 20 years in the making By Dan Bacher Klamath River Basin (Calif. and Ore.)  – Bring the Salmon Home is a new short documentary by Swiftwater Films. The film chronicles Klamath River tribal communities’ 320-mile relay run from the redwood-shrouded […]

April 10th

Salmon are dying in California’s drought-stricken rivers, and the state dithers

As the record drought in California and the West continues and the Sacramento River watershed already begins to see die-offs of endangered Chinook salmon, Governor Gavin Newsom on March 29 announced that state, federal and local water leaders had reached “broad agreement” on a package of controversial voluntary agreements purported to provide additional water flows and new habitat […]

March 30th

Edge of Extinction: CA and feds release first captively produced Delta smelt into wild for the first time

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service yesterday issued a press release about Delta smelt raised in captivity being released into wild for first time. According to the release, the partners’ goal is “evaluate release strategies as part of broad efforts to secure and stabilize Delta smelt wild populations.” By Dan Bacher As I have written in article after […]

January 21st