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Entries in fish in the news (436)


BP Gulf Oil Disaster Causing Widespread Deformities in Fish

Surprise, surprise, surprise.....

Crude oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of bluefin and yellowfin tunas, according to a new study by a team of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and academic scientists.

LINK (via: Ecowatch)




U.S. is overspending to save salmon

According to Timothy Male the United States is spending too much to save salmon.

In 2011 spending by all federal agencies on chinook salmon was greater than the amount spent by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service trying to recover all of the more than 1,400 other species on America’s endangered species list.

LINK (via:The Seattle Times)


It's the anadromous version of Wild Waves

Photo: Saberwyn

Fish protections, irrigator access and hydro power generation are chief among the concerns at the mid-Columbia River’s Wanapum Dam, where on Feb. 27 a 65-foot long horizontal crack was discovered at one of the facility’s 12 spillways.

Fish biologists, engineers, and stakeholders are developing plans to modify the two fish ladders at Wanapum Dam to allow migrating salmon and steelhead to safely pass the dam when the adult spring Chinook salmon run begins in mid-April. Over the course of the spring, summer and fall, Chinook, coho and sockeye salmon, steelhead, bull trout, lamprey, shad and other fish species pass over the dam. Wild spring Chinook and steelhead stocks, as well as bull trout, are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Such ladder fixes could include the installation of a water pumping system to feed the ladders and potentially some sort of slide to ease the fishes’ exit into the Wanapum pool.

The utility is also evaluating plans for capturing and transporting adult fish around the reservoir.

LINK (via: The Dalles Chronicle)


Asian carp eggs found 250 miles further upstream


The eggs and late-stage embryos of bighead or silver carp have been found in the Mississippi River near Lynxville in Crawford County — 250 miles north of any previously known reproducing population for the invasive carp.

The finding is the latest sign that the destructive fish are slowly moving up the Mississippi River basin and into inland waters of the Midwest.



Truckin' got my fish cashed in....

Starting next month, millions of young California salmon could be migrating to the ocean in tanker trucks instead of swimming downstream in the Sacramento River

State and federal wildlife officials have  announced a plan to move hatchery-raised salmon by truck in the event the state’s ongoing drought makes the Sacramento River and its tributaries inhospitable for the fish. They fear the rivers could become too shallow and warm to sustain salmon trying to migrate to sea on their own.

The trucking plan, devised by the state and federal fisheries agencies, includes a series of triggers, based on river and water supply conditions, that would launch a massive operation to haul the salmon in tanker trucks on a nearly three-hour drive from Red Bluff to San Pablo Bay near Vallejo.

LINK (via: Sacremento Bee)

Unfortunately there is science that suggests transporting juvenile salmon hinders adult migration.