National Fisherman

Sardine-like fish that spend most of their lives in the ocean were sucked by the thousands into the south Delta export pumps near Tracy this spring.
While your life might not hinge on the wellbeing of Pacific herring, their presence deep in the Delta is evidence that the estuary is becoming saltier, which could be bad news for farmers if the drought persists.
Saltwater from San Francisco Bay is creeping farther than usual into the Delta this year because there has been little runoff from the mountains to keep the estuary fresh.
A total of 1,780 Pacific herring were entrained at the giant pumps, the most since the drought of 1976-77, said Carl Wilcox, a Delta policy advisor for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
"In all likelihood it's just a factor of the low outflow," Wilcox said.
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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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