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Did factory farms spread deadly disease to West Coast salmon?

For the first time ever, scientists have uncovered the presence of infectious salmon anemia, a deadly virus that has devastated farmed fish in Chile, in wild salmon populations on the West Coast. This news arrived at a time when the Obama administration is fast-tracking the approval of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon, promoting environmental destructive corporate […]

October 20th

Governor Jerry Brown continuing his legacy as an ocean leader

I was in kindergarten when Jerry Brown was elected governor the first time around, and I grew up enjoying the legacy he left for California’s coast and ocean when he signed the California Coastal Act into law. The Coastal Act states that “the permanent protection of the state’s natural and scenic resources is a paramount concern to present and future residents of the state and nation.” True 35 years ago and just as true today.

October 17th

Jerry Brown signs California Water Bill of Rights

Water wars have been raging in California for as long as anyone can remember, and so far it’s been big agriculture and big corporations who have been winning. But maybe the little guys may still stand a chance…
Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 983, The Access to Safe Drinking Water Act, on October 7 as part of the Human Right to Water bill package backed by a broad coalition of environmental justice advocates.

October 10th

Cali tribes get Governor’s ear

California Governor Jerry Brown puts an official tribal liaison in his office – will this make him more aware of the needs of native peoples, and move him to actually consult them on things like water and fishing issues that affect their livelihoods (as well as the environment)?

September 20th

California’s marine protection areas delayed

The California Fish and Game Commission has held back closures of large areas off the California coast as marine protection areas. There had been an October 1 start date, but now the areas won’t be closed to fishing until January 1, 2012.
Earlier this month the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) disapproved the regulation package for the Marine Life Protection Areas (MLPA), informing the Commission that it had additional questions and requests for more information that will require a re-notice of the regulations.

September 19th

Fail: California’s marine protected areas blocked

In a victory for opponents of the controversial Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative and champions of open and democratic process in California, the Office of Administrative Law on September 2 disapproved the marine protected areas (MPAs) for the Southern California coast that were originally slated to go into effect on October 1, 2011.

September 11th

California water mismanagement kills more fish

As happens every year, endangered coho salmon are being stranded in drying pools in the Scott River system, due to inaction by the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Forest Service and the California Water Resources Control Board. An independent investigation by Klamath Riverkeeper Erica Terence reveals that in spite […]

August 3rd

Marine protected areas aren’t enough to save the oceans

While some governments and environmental NGOs have pushed marine protected areas in the U.S. and throughout the world as the solution to protecting the ocean and maintaining biodiversity in marine ecosystems, a United Nations study released on July 28 said continued reliance on a strategy of setting aside land and marine territories as protected areas is “insufficient” to stem global biodiversity loss.

July 29th