NOAA and CDFW release federal recovery plan for salmon and steelhead

From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and NOAA: NOAA Fisheries and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today jointly released two plans to restore populations of salmon and steelhead in California’s Central Valley: NOAA Fisheries’ Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan and CDFW’s Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) Conservation Strategy. The two plans are complementary in that […]

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Endangered species and drought: Can we break out of the Endangered Species Act death spiral?

  Professor Peter Moyle, former Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes, Professor Richard Frank and others discuss the impact of the drought on the state’s endangered species In April, the UC Drought Science, Policy and Management Summit drew upon the extensive brain trust throughout the University of California system, bringing together speakers from eight UC campuses to the state […]

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CDFW and NOAA Fisheries introduce voluntary drought initiative to protect salmon and steelhead

From the California Department of Fish and Game: “The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries announced a Voluntary Drought Initiative today designed to protect populations of salmon and steelhead from the effects of the current unprecedented drought. “This is one of many measures we’re attempting to get us through this extreme […]

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service begins special drought-related monitoring for Delta smelt

From the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service: As part of the federal response to California’s severe drought, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it has begun, with assistance from the Bureau of Reclamation, focused drought-related surveys for delta smelt this week at Jersey Point on the San Joaquin River. The monitoring program will provide the Service, and […]

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ESA working group releases final report & recommendations

From the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Congressional Working Group: The Endangered Species Act (ESA) Congressional Working Group, led by Representatives Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large), today released its final Report, Findings and Recommendations. The report is the culmination of the Working Group’s eight-month effort to examine the ESA from a variety of viewpoints and angles, receive input […]

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Numbers remain low for Delta smelt, American shad and striped bass in Fall Midwater Trawl

Just 18 Delta smelt were found in the Delta during the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fall Midwater Trawl, making it the second lowest index in the history of the trawl.  American Shad were also found at their second lowest numbers and striped bass index was tied for its third lowest since the survey’s inception in 1967. The Fall Midwater […]

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Press release: Delta fish hammered yet again; Fall Midwater Trawl results reveal continued biological collapse

From the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, this press release: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has released the results of the 2013 Fall Midwater Trawl (FMWT), which reconfirms the continuing biological collapse that is occurring in the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta Estuary. The FMWT conducts monthly surveys from September through December at 100 index stations in the […]

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SDCWA BDCP Workshop: ESA regulations, the environmental review process, and “Baselines 101”

The San Diego County Water Authority (Water Authority), a member agency of Metropolitan Water District, is dependent on imported water both from the Delta and the Colorado River for up to 80% of its water supplies.  The Water Authority has been conducting workshops to inform its board members about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). At the October 24 board  […]

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Fall Midwater Trawl Report for September-October: Second lowest counts for striped bass, American shad; third lowest for threadfin shad

The Fall Midwater Trawl surveys, conducted in September and October, did not have positive results for the fish.  It was the second lowest count in FMWT history for Age-0 striped bass and American shad, and third lowest count for threadfin shad.  Delta smelt and longfin smelt counts were comparable to other low-abundance years. Here’s the Fall Midwater Trawl Report from […]

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CSPA Press Release: State and federal water projects violate standards: Delta fisheries plunge in summer of 2013

From the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, this press release: “The state and federal water export projects continue to ignore regulatory requirements and Delta fisheries have again been hammered by excessive water exports.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has released the 2013 Fall Mid Water Trawl (FMWT) abundance indices of Delta fish.  Fisheries continue to collapse.  DFW also […]

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