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Dutch Anglers Save Fish as Rhine Drought Bites
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Dutch Anglers Save Fish as Rhine Drought Bites

GIESBEEK, Netherlands (AFP) — Angler Mark Kouwenhoven grins as he wades into what’s left of a dried-up Dutch lake where his colleagues are throwing slime-coated fish into buckets. It’s not the kind of catch they’re used to — but that’s because this time they’re helping the government to save the fish from the drought gripping...

International Actions Pay Off For Pacific Bluefin Tuna as Species Rebounds at Accelerating Rate
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International Actions Pay Off For Pacific Bluefin Tuna as Species Rebounds at Accelerating Rate

Following international action to end overfishing of Pacific bluefin tuna, a new stock assessment shows that the species is now increasing and includes many younger fish that will help accelerate its rebound. The new assessment was presented at a recent plenary meeting of the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC)....

Tampa Bay Sawfish Presentation Scheduled
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Tampa Bay Sawfish Presentation Scheduled

Sawfish are large shark-like rays that once were relatively common in Florida’s coastal waters including Tampa Bay. Now, Florida’s smalltooth sawfish is endangered and scientists are striving to learn as much as possible about this iconic and fascinating fish. Tonya Wiley, President of Havenworth Coastal Conservation, will provide a presentation with interesting facts about sawfish, updates...

$400K in Grants Awarded to Protect Lake Erie Shores
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$400K in Grants Awarded to Protect Lake Erie Shores

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has awarded more than $400,000 in Coastal Management Assistance Grants to be used to improve and protect Ohio’s Lake Erie shores.  The $424,730 in funding will be used for coastal planning and public access. “We’re excited to see how these projects develop and allow even...

Michigan State University at Forefront of Great Lakes Sea Lamprey Eradication Efforts
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Michigan State University at Forefront of Great Lakes Sea Lamprey Eradication Efforts

EAST LANSING, Mich. – For more than two decades, Michigan State University researchers have partnered with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission to support one of the nation’s most successful invasive species control programs – decreasing populations of destructive sea lamprey from catastrophic levels in the 1940s and 1950s to controlled and decreasing numbers today. GLFC...

21,000 Fish Die at California University Research Center
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21,000 Fish Die at California University Research Center

Roughly 21,000 fish died at a northern California university’s aquatic research center overnight last week, according to a university statement. “The loss appears to be due to chlorine exposure, to which fish are especially sensitive,” the statement from University California Davis read. Among the dead fish were green and white sturgeon as well as the endangered Chinook...

Chillers Aid Winter-Run Chinook Salmon Amid Extreme Drought
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Chillers Aid Winter-Run Chinook Salmon Amid Extreme Drought

REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are partnering to protect winter-run Chinook salmon in a crucial year of their life cycle at the Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery and third consecutive drought year in California. The Service operates the hatchery while Reclamation provides water, power, and funding to support...

Steelhead Study Results in Several Interesting Conclusions
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Steelhead Study Results in Several Interesting Conclusions

Do young steelhead born in the wild from hatchery parents grow differently than ones born from wild parents? Steelhead (steelhead are rainbow trout that migrate to the ocean like salmon) have been an important fish species to West Coast humans and ecosystems for thousands of years.  Unfortunately, steelhead populations have been in decline on the...

These Idaho Salmon May Hold Key to Survival
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These Idaho Salmon May Hold Key to Survival

In less than 20 years, wild Chinook salmon may disappear. But one group nestled in Central Idaho’s rugged wilderness may be the key to the threatened species’ recovery throughout the Northwest. Protecting salmon in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River will be especially critical for species survival, several scientists told the Idaho Statesman. Chinook...