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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

California’s disastrous MLPA plan delayed by disastrous peripheral canal

In a joint statement on May 7, California’s Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird and Director of Fish and Game Chuck Bonham announced that implementation of the state’s Marine Protected Areas” in San Francisco Bay will be delayed until the completion of planning efforts for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta under the Bay Delta Conservation […]

May 8th

California’s marine protected areas aren’t Yosemites of the sea

A network of so-called marine protected areas created under the helm of a big oil lobbyist went into effect on the Southern California coast from Point Conception to the Mexico/U.S. border on January 1, 2012. Advocates for the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative that created these marine protected areas continually refer to them […]

March 27th

Action Alert: Speak up against HR 1837, the Salmon Extinction Bill

As you have probably heard by now, HR 1837, which has acquired the nickname The Salmon Extinction Bill has passed the House of Representatives. This water grab amounts to a bailout for corporate welfare bums at great expense to fish, the environment and the people of the Delta. How bad is the bill? Spectacularly aweful:  Barbara […]

March 10th

Bill to require labeling of GMO Frankenfish fails in California

You would think that a simple bill requiring the labeling of genetically modified (GMO) Frankenfish would pass easily through the California Legislature. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, since Assemblymembers apparently beholden to the bioegineering and biotechnology industry on January 19 voted against a bill, AB 88, that would have required that all genetically engineered (GE) […]

January 23rd

The worst of the 1%… could it be WalMart chairman Rob Walton?

I  strongly urge everybody to vote for Rob Walton as worst of the 1% for his efforts to crush labor and human rights and drive local mom and pop operations out of business, as well for funding corporate environmental NGO efforts to privatize the oceans by promoting catch shares programs and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s privately funded […]

November 30th

Occupy the Ocean! Don’t let the 1% privatize fishing!

As the Occupy movement spreads throughout the nation and world, sustainable fishing communities, consumer groups and grassroots environmentalists have mobilized to stop the 1 percent from stealing ocean public trust resources from the 99 percent. This week the U.S. Congress is expected to vote on a critical bill that would continue a recently instituted ban […]

November 14th