September 20, 2005 |
THE silver-gray Chinook salmon shuddered and then died after the bat barrel crashed into its head. Two hard whacks were all it took. Twenty minutes earlier, the 30-pound fish was swimming past the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia to its spawning ground up any one of thousands of rivers and streams along the West Coast of North America. The Chinook made its final mistake when it mistook half a herring baitfish threaded with two 4/0 hooks for a real meal.
March 21, 2008 |
As global warming bears down on our Western rivers and watersheds, it threatens one of the great symbols of Western abundance: wild salmon. With each passing year, their numbers have dropped precipitously. This decline is believed to be in part the result of warming temperatures in streams and rivers. Just last week, government fishery managers moved toward a ban on salmon fishing off the California and Oregon coasts because of the diminishing numbers of chinook salmon.
December 26, 2012 |
The Food and Drug Administration released long-awaited documents Dec. 21 on genetically modified salmon: an assessment of the fish's potential environmental effects and a preliminary “ finding of no significant impact ” of the fish on the environment. This brings AquAdvantage salmon -- Atlantic salmon that has been modified with a growth hormone gene from chinook salmon so that it reaches maturity faster -- a significant step closer to FDA approval. Astute readers will notice that the recently released documents are dated May 4. So why were they just released Dec. 21 -- seven months later?
May 18, 2008 |
Last month, while late-winter storms pounded the Cascade and Sierra mountains and flooded dozens of salmon streams in the Pacific Northwest, members of the Pacific Fishery Management Council huddled around a table in Seattle and pored over marine biologists' latest predictions for West Coast salmon. The news was shocking: The spring and summer runs of chinook salmon, once numbering in the millions, in California's Sacramento River had dwindled to a few thousand.
June 11, 2006 |
CANOE down the Big Salmon River in Canada's Yukon Territory on a trip that's designed to make the adventure accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. The 15-day journey, which begins Aug. 10, will be guided by naturalist Jim Fitzpatrick. Participants will learn canoeing skills during the first three days of the trip as they wind their way from Quiet Lake, the largest of three lakes that form the headwaters of the Big Salmon River, through the mountains and into the Yukon Valley.
September 7, 1990 |
Federal officials on Thursday set the stage for another far-reaching and potentially bruising Pacific Coast environmental struggle over a dying species and traditional industrial use of the Northwest's vast resources. This time the species is the region's famed salmon, and the resource is its mighty Columbia/Snake river system. The National Marine Fisheries Service in Portland, Ore.
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November 16, 2008 |
This is not a year when you would expect to find a monster chinook salmon in California waters. The salmon runs have been so bad that the commercial and recreational chinook catch was canceled off the California and Oregon coast in spring. But when state Department of Fish and Game biologists conducted their survey of fall-run chinook last month, they came across the carcass of one of the largest chinook ever recorded in California.
September 18, 2010 |
In a step that may move genetically engineered meat and fish closer to the American dinner table, an FDA advisory committee will vote Monday on whether to approve preliminary findings that a modified salmon is as safe as an ordinary salmon. The vote is not binding on the FDA, but approval would lend powerful support for a final decision by the agency charged with protecting the nation's food and drug supplies. The fish, a North Atlantic salmon developed by AquaBounty Technologies Inc. would be the country's first genetically engineered food animal.
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August 20, 2009 |
The "water buffaloes" like to frame their fight as farmers vs. fish. It is not. It's about farmers and fishermen. A California water buffalo is someone who instinctively battles to develop water -- so named, I'm told, after the beast that reputedly can smell water from 200 miles away. The fight isn't necessarily about "versus" either because farmers and fishermen often are in the same boat, dry-docked for lack of water. Up and down the San Joaquin Valley, farm fields have been fallowed and field hands can't find work because there isn't enough water to irrigate crops.
December 24, 2012 |
Genetically modified salmon moved closer to the market last week with release of draft documents from the Food and Drug Administration that assessed the environmental risks posed by AquAdvantage salmon, which grow faster than regular Atlantic salmon. The agency found, on a preliminary basis, that the GM fish, produced by AquaBounty Technologies of Massachusetts, posed no significant threat. Both documents -- an environmental assessmen t and preliminary “ finding of no significant impac t,” known by the policy wonks as a FONSI -- will be published Dec. 26 in the Federal Register and be available for public comment for 60 days.