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California salmon season cut back due to crashing numbers

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) yesterday announced that the recreational ocean salmon fishery has been curtailed on most of the California coast, due to poor stock assessments on the Sacramento River and Klamath River salmon stocks.  Both commercial and sport fishermen and women are likely looking at getting half of a normal […]

March 13th

California’s Delta Tunnel is dead – but the Zombie project is back as the Delta Conveyance Project

Caty Wagner, SoCal Water Organizer, Sierra Club California, posted this short article on February 22 on the blog of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter about the “Zombie Tunnel Project” coming back to the life as the Delta Conveyance Project.  By Dan Bacher The Newsom Administration is now forging ahead with the project as the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta […]

March 3rd

Climate crisis is driving great white sharks into colder waters, with devastating effect

Warming oceans—a key measure of the climate crisis—are forcing great white sharks into colder waters, where they are causing a devastating decrease in wildlife populations, according to new research reported Tuesday by The Guardian. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams The study, led by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and published in Scientific Reports, found that unprecedented […]

February 13th

Shark population collapsing

Sharks are at the top of the food chain, a predator necessary for the health of the oceans’ other species. But a study published in the journal Nature says their number has fallen by nearly three-fourths since the 1970s. By Meteor Blades Ray populations are also falling. The blame, the authors say, goes mostly to overfishing, and while […]

February 6th

Act TODAY: California fish are facing extinction – Urge CA State Water Board to protect the Bay/Delta!

Please join a coalition of environmental, Tribal, fishing and environmental justice groups on Tuesday, February 2 to urge the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt and implement new flow standards. More flow is needed to protect the fish and wildlife in the Bay-Delta ecosystem and the rivers that flow into it – including the […]

February 2nd

Findings of Delta Adapts vulnerability assessment to be released February 4

The Delta Stewardship Council, together with community partners from Restore the Delta, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, Little Manila Rising, and Third City Coalition, will hold the “Delta Adapts Vulnerability Assessment Findings” virtual public workshop on February 4, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:30pm. By Dan Bacher The Assessment represents “an effort to better understanding of […]

January 30th

Endangered Species: New Zealand Smelt Crisis Mirrors Collapse of California’s Delta Smelt

A press release published by the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers on January 17 draws the parallel between the “drastic decline’ of the South Island Stokell’s smelt in the rivers of the Canterbury coastline with the collapse of California’s Delta smelt, using information from one of my articles about the zero smelt found in the CDFW’s 2020 Fall Midwater Trawl Survey throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin […]

January 23rd

Chinook salmon are able to ascend Upper Auburn Ravine to spawn

Chinook salmon have spawned for millennia in Auburn Ravine Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River in Northern California northeast of Sacramento, but biologists have been uncertain if salmon could get past the Chaparral Cascades. By Dan Bacher “As a result, some people have flatly stated that those cascades are a total barrier to upstream migration,” reported Friends of Auburn […]

January 18th

Ecosystem on the Edge: ZERO Delta Smelt found in Fall Midwater Trawl Survey for the 3rd year in row!

For the third year in a row, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife found zero Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus), once the most abundant fish species in the estuary, in its 2020 Fall Midwater Trawl Survey throughout the Delta. By Dan Bacher Not only did the survey catch zero Delta Smelt , but it also found zero Sacramento Splittail, […]

January 8th