Fish & Fisheries

Pier Pressure: Over 1,000 Sea Lions Assemble At San Francisco Dockside

"More than 1,000 sea lions have gathered at San Francisco’s Pier 39 this spring, the largest herd in at least 15 years. Mounds of floppy, delightfully ungraceful marine mammals have plopped themselves on to rafts along the city’s pier, displaying themselves to the thousands of tourists who pass by the area each day."

Source: Guardian, 05/03/2024

‘Death Trap’ For Fish In California’s Water System Is Limiting Pumping

"Giant pumps hum inside a warehouse-like building, pushing water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta into the California Aqueduct, where it travels more than 400 miles south to the taps of over half the state’s population."

Source: LA Times, 05/03/2024

"Increasingly Frequent Ocean Heat Waves Trigger Mass Die-Offs of Sealife"

"Over the past several years, the temperature of the Earth’s oceans have been spiking high enough to trigger numerous die-offs of marine species, killing millions of corals, fish, mammals, birds and plants. Those mass die-offs also have sent a wave of emotional trauma washing over some researchers watching their life’s work vanish before their eyes."

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/02/2024

"U.S. Plan to Protect Oceans Has a Problem, Some Say: Too Much Fishing"

"New details of the Biden administration’s signature conservation effort, made public this month amid a burst of other environmental announcements, have alarmed some scientists who study marine protected areas because the plan would count certain commercial fishing zones as conserved."

Source: NYTimes, 05/01/2024

Spurt in Hydro Relicensing To Leave U.S. Awash in Environmental Stories

Hundreds of hydropower dams in the United States will see their licenses expiring in the next decade, generating years-long federal relicensing processes. That prospect calls for close local and regional coverage of the complicated balance between renewable energy needs with negative environmental impacts. The latest TipSheet explains the licensing process and the dam backstory, along with a dozen story ideas and reporting resources.

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Oil, Chemical Lobbyists Flood UN Talks On Cutting Plastic Pollution

"Nearly 200 fossil fuel and chemical industry lobbyists plan to join this week's United Nations negotiations on the first global treaty to curb plastic pollution — a 37% jump from the previous gathering in November, an analysis released on Thursday showed."

Source: Reuters, 04/26/2024

Prehistoric Lake Sturgeon Is Not Endangered, US Says Despite Petition

"Lake sturgeon don’t need Endangered Species Act protections, federal wildlife officials announced Monday, saying that stocking programs have helped the prehistoric fish return to areas where they had vanished."

Source: AP, 04/24/2024

"Biden Admin Vows To Restore 8M Acres Of Wetlands"

"The Biden administration announced a goal Tuesday to protect and restore 8 million acres of wetlands over the next six years in an effort to counter development pressures and recently weakened federal regulations."

Source: E&E News, 04/24/2024

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