Fisheries & Environment
British Columbia Sees Largest Salmon Run In A Century
Written by NPR   
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 17:43
Sockeye salmon are making their run up the Fraser River in numbers not seen since 1913. More than 34 million salmon are reportedly in the British Columbia river system, befuddling scientists who last year tallied less than 2 million fish.

The BBC has an interactive report on the run — and some words of caution from scientists who warn against interpreting the boom of 2010 as a promise that similar numbers of salmon will return in 2011.

The long-term pattern of smaller runs has been blamed on both commercial fish farms and an increase in predators in the sockeyes' migratory path.

Professor Daniel Pauly, a world fisheries authority at the University of British Columbia, says he doesn’t expect this year's massive run to start a new trend.

"I think science is very good at predicting long-term trends over larger areas and it's not good at predicting details over shorter time periods in limited areas," Pauly told the BBC.

One theory behind this year's outsize salmon run suggests that ash from the volcanic eruption of Kasatochi in 2008 put nutrients into the Gulf of Alaska — and that, in turn, put out a smorgasbord of diatoms for the adolescent salmon to eat.

As research scientist Tim Parsons tells the CBC, "So, we get back, in my hypothesis, 34 million salmon — which was totally unpredicted — instead of the 1.5 million salmon of the previous year, which fed on a diet… composed of very small plankton."

After last year's small run, the Canadian government formed a panel to explore the reasons for it. And as the Vancouver Sun reports, the Cohen Commission inquiry has spurred public demonstrations and posturing by those in favor and against fish farming.
 
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DNRE Proposes 73 More Miles of Gear-Restricted Trout Streams
Written by Michigan DNR   
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 10:48
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment proposes to classify an additional 73 miles of streams under Michigan’s gear-restricted streams category.
 
The proposal, which will be presented to DNRE Director Rebecca Humphries at the Oct. 7 meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in Lansing, is the result of lengthy meetings with fisheries officials and the Citizens Coldwater Regulations Steering Committee.
 
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A lot of work ahead in Michigan oil cleanup
Written by Detroit Free Press   
Monday, 02 August 2010 10:34
A week after a pipeline ruptured and sent up to 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River, signs of the spill remain achingly visible.

Banks and shrubs are blackened in a thick gook. Rainbow ribbons cover the river's surface. And the acrid smell of oil, health officials said Sunday, still causes respiratory problems, headaches and nausea for the residents who live near the spill.

Four more people have been treated in emergency rooms, raising the total to 26, said Jim Rutherford, Calhoun County health officer.

But environmental officials and the owners of the pipe, Enbridge Energy Partners, struck a positive tone about the cleanup and its future, saying for the first time Sunday that a little more than half of the oil has been removed.

"We are seeing significant progress, but there is a lot of work ahead," said Mark Durno, the Environmental Protection Agency's deputy incident commander for the site.

More than 60,000 feet of booms, which repel water and absorb oil, snake across the river. The booms are expected to be the company's primary weapon against the leak for several weeks or even months, environmental and company officials said Sunday.

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Gov. Jennifer Granholm blasts effort to clean up Kalamazoo River
Written by Kalamazoo Gazette   
Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:13
Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Wednesday took both the company responsible for the massive oil spill spreading on the Kalamazoo River — as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — to task for what she called their “wholly inadequate” response to the spill so far.

“I’m very angered,” Granholm said in a teleconference with reporters. “We need for the responsible party (Enbridge Inc.) and the EPA to step up. The situation is very serious.”

But U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, said late Wednesday that the cleanup effort appeared to be going well.

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Michigan Governor Warns of Oil Spill Threat
Written by New York Times   
Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:10
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm expressed growing worry on Wednesday that an oil spill, believed to be among the largest ever in the Midwest, might reach Lake Michigan if efforts to contain the oil were not strengthened.

Dave Jenkins helped clean a muskrat and other animals.

“It would be a tragedy of historic proportions if this reached Lake Michigan,” Ms. Granholm said.

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