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Eureka City Council focuses on sustainability, fishing industry

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By Philip Santos | psantos@times-standard.com | Ken Bates speaks to the Eureka City Council about his concerns regarding the impact of offshore wind farms on the fishing industry. (Philip Santos — The Times-Standard)   The meeting was the council’s first with the newly elected Mayor Susan Seaman, and councilmember Leslie Castellano serving on the council.… Continue reading

Strategic Planning for Trout and Hatchery Resources

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is interested in gaining perspective from statewide stakeholders in order to draft guidelines for trout management. Three different projects will be informed through this process: Strategic Plan for Trout Management Strategic Plan for Trout Hatcheries Inland Trout Angling Regulation Simplification We need the public to make these projects… Continue reading

Public Comment Sought on Statewide Management of Trout

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be soliciting public comment and ideas on the statewide management of trout at a series of public meetings. “We are seeking stakeholder feedback on the development of three important elements of our statewide trout management efforts,” said Roger Bloom, CDFW Inland Fisheries Program Manager. “Our overall… Continue reading

Citizen Science: Exploring Nature, Gathering Data

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Citizen Science: Exploring Nature, Gathering Data April 2, 2018 Thanks to the development of numerous smartphone apps, people around the world have the opportunity to contribute vital information to the scientific community, even without any formal scientific training. The rise of “citizen science,” the effort to engage the public in data collection and the scientific… Continue reading

California Regional Conservation Investment Strategies Program Guidelines

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW’s) Habitat Conservation Planning Branch has released its revised Regional Conservation Investment Strategies Program Guidelines. The program encourages a voluntary, non-regulatory regional planning process intended to result in higher-quality conservation outcomes.

Evolutionary genomics informs salmon conservation

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by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences by Tasha Thompson, Michael Miller, Daniel Prince and Sean O’Rourke Adult spring Chinook salmon, Salmon River, California (Photo credit: Peter Bohler) Spring Chinook and summer steelhead (premature migrators) have been extirpated or are in decline across most of their range while fall Chinook and winter steelhead populations (mature migrators) remain… Continue reading

California’s ‘iconic’ native fish facing extinction, with climate change a major cause

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On a tree-shaded bend in Dutch Bill Creek at Monte Rio, three technicians from the Sonoma County Water Agency huddled on a gravel bar to examine the day’s catch, all in the name of science and a sustained campaign to restore one of California’s most endangered fish. Retrieving 163 coho salmon smolts, or young fish,… Continue reading

The effects of water project operations on juvenile salmon survival in the Delta

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Survival for migrating juvenile chinook salmon has been low for those on the San Joaquin River, averaging approximately 5% since 2002.  Survival is more variable for Sacramento River chinook salmon, and survival data are limited for steelhead.  While water export operations contribute to salmonid mortality by way of direct mortality at facilities, this does not… Continue reading

Sports fishermen have rights, too

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The curse of moderation is understanding each side of an issue. I am an ecology-trained farmer who fishes. Farmers need assured water supplies. But without innovative management, water drawn from our rivers and Delta for urban and farming needs may adversely impact endangered, game, and commercial fish species that provide recreation and food. Under federal… Continue reading

CONSERVATION REPORT on Mammoth Creek – Pasadena Casting Club

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John Tobin, Conservation Chair   If you’re looking for a way to lose a couple of pounds and tone up your reaction time while catching a bucketful of fish, volunteer for an electroshocking fish survey at the next opportunity. That’s what I did in late September when Mark Drew, Ph.D., CalTrout’s Eastern Sierra Watershed program director put… Continue reading