Written by Jen Finn
State and federal wildlife officials are scrambling to figure out how hundreds of endangered salmon recently became stranded in irrigation ditches in the Colusa basin, west of the Sacramento River.
Finding the answers is a matter of some urgency, because tens of thousands of fall-run Chinook salmon are weeks away from their annual return from the ocean to the Sacramento River and could also become trapped.
"There has been some stranding in the past, but as far as I can tell, the numbers have been significantly lower than this," said Jeffrey McClain, assistant supervisor at the National Marine Fisheries Service office in Sacramento. "It's significant, and that's why this is a serious thing for us to figure out."
The rescues were led by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. In 11 separate trips over a month, starting May 2, officials rescued 312 adult salmon headed upstream. Of these fish, at least eight were determined to be spring run, and the balance were winter run.
Spring-run are listed as a threatened species under federal law, and winter-run are endangered.
Read the full story at the Sacramento Bee>>
NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.
The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.Read more...
The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...