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February 2, 2011 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
When Peter Moyle began studying an obscure little Northern California fish in the early 1970s, he had no inkling of the role it would come to play in the state. No one had paid much attention to the delta smelt. "They were just there," recalled Moyle, then an assistant professor at UC Davis in need of a research topic. "We knew nothing about it. " Nearly four decades later, the delta smelt is arguably the most powerful player in California water. Its movements rule the pumping operations of the state's biggest water projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
April 10, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
The state Fish and Game Commission is proposing a regulation that environmentalists fear could weaken protection for some species of wildlife whose numbers are seriously declining in California. The commission, under pressure from business interests not to declare the desert tortoise and the chinook salmon as threatened, is proposing the creation of a lesser category of protection that critics worry could take the place of putting animals on the state's list of threatened or endangered species.
September 20, 2005 | Doug Thompson, Special to The Times
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.
December 26, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel
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 | Paul VanDevelder, Paul VanDevelder's new book, "Savages and Scoundrels: The Great Taking of America and the Road to Empire," is due out next year.
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.
August 20, 2009 | GEORGE SKELTON
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.
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.
June 11, 2006 | Maggie Barnett, Times Staff Writer
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.
November 16, 2008 | Bettina Boxall, Margot Roosevelt and Louis Sahagun
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 | By Andrew Zajac, Tribune Washington Bureau
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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