National Fisherman

Dec. 12--Drought conditions are taking their toll on Chinook salmon in the Sacramento River this year, fisheries experts say.
Low water releases out of Shasta and Keswick dams, coupled with less water flowing into the Sacramento River from tributaries, has eggs in hundreds of salmon nests in the river "high and dry," killing the eggs and recently hatched baby salmon.
"There's a lot of concern out there right now," said Doug Killam, an environmental scientist with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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