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Entries in fish in the news (439)

Wednesday
Aug202014

Arctic Grayling Does Not Warrant Protection Under Endangered Species Act Due to Collaborative Partnerships

Some good news from the Upper Mo.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today its finding that the Upper Missouri River Distinct Population Segment of the Arctic grayling does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Service reached this conclusion after analyzing the significant conservation efforts carried out by private landowners as well as federal and state agency partners to improve conditions for Arctic grayling in the Upper Missouri River basin. These efforts have helped bring the species to the point that it is not in danger of extinction now or in the foreseeable future, i.e., does not meet the definition of an endangered or threatened species under the ESA.

LINK (via: USDA)

Tuesday
Aug052014

Drought reduces steelhead in Napa River 

The extreme drought in California is taking a toll on the Napa River's anadromous fish.

A recent survey indicates a sharp drop in the number of young steelhead trout swimming down the Napa River on their way to the ocean, a trend attributed to the ongoing drought.

Between March and June, biologists and volunteers with the Napa County Resource Conservation District tallied 31 steelhead smolts, the lowest number in six years since the annual count of the native fish began. The monitors this year also found no young Chinook salmon migrating to the ocean to mature.

LINK (via: The Napa Valley Register)

California’s three-year drought just went from bad to dreadful.

Saturday
Aug022014

Two watermen plead guilty in striped bass poaching case  

Hopefully they throw the book at these guys, especially since one of these clowns is also accused of witness intimidation.

A fish poaching case that began in February 2011 with a discovery of mysterious, illegally set nets full of tens of thousands of pounds of striped bass off Kent Island is finally coming to a close.

Two Tilghman Island watermen pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to illegally taking 185,925 pounds of striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay.

Michael D. Hayden, 41, and William J. Lednum, 42, admitted to selling the striped bass for $498,293 through a ring they operated between 2007 and 2011, according to court documents.

LINK (via: The Baltimore Sun)

Meanwhile, Maryland is actually slowing down striped bass recovery.

Friday
Jul252014

Recovery Plan for California Salmon and Steelhead

NOAA Fisheries and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have jointly released two plans to restore populations of salmon and steelhead in California's Central Valley.

LINK (via: Rocklin and Roseville Today)

Tuesday
Jul222014

Trout Gone Wild

In 1974, Montana did something that stunned anglers across the state and the nation: It stopped stocking trout in streams and rivers that supported wild trout populations.

The move initially outraged many anglers, fishing businesses, and even some Montana Fish and Game Department staff. For decades, hatcheries had been credited with producing more and better fishing. Without stocking, many Montanans asked, what would happen to the state’s famous trout waters and the businesses that relied on legions of anglers arriving from across the country each summer?

The answer, now well known, is that trout fishing improved dramatically. Once stocking was discontinued, wild trout numbers doubled, tripled, and more on many rivers.

LINK (via: Montana Outdoors)

Saturday
Jul122014

Environmentalists say they'll sue over bull trout

Environmentalists say they intend to sue U.S. officials unless more is done to protect threatened bull trout.

A formal 60-day notice of their intent to sue was filed Thursday by the Cottonwood Environmental Law Center, WildEarth Guardians, Cascadia Wildlands and the Western Watersheds Project.

The groups say the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service failed to evaluate the consequences of projects approved within bull trout habitat.

LINK (via: KTVZ)