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Entries in fish in the news (468)


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.


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.


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)


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)


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)


Michigan allows fish hatchery to expand despite concerns

Photo:Peter Potrowl

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality issued a permit today allowing a Grayling fish hatchery operator to step up production, despite concerns from anglers that increased discharges from the hatchery could harm the Au Sable River.

LINK (via: The Detroit Free Press)