Fish & Fisheries

Toolbox: Data Resources for Dams, Impoundments, and Levees

Water control structures — dams, locks, weirs, reservoirs, impoundments, and levees — are a gold mine of environmental stories. They affect not only the quality of life in human communities, but also the integrity of ecosystems. There are a variety of databases and data resources that can help reporters get a better grip on the many stories that center on dams and levees.

Vibrio Risk Prompts Oyster Recalls, Bed Closures Far North Of Gulf

"Eating raw oysters in the summertime is always risky; aqueous pathogens peak when the ocean is warm, which is part of why folk wisdom suggests one should only eat raw shellfish in months with an 'R' in the name. But this summer's been riskier than ever."

Source: Huffington Post, 09/04/2013

Mass. Closes Oyster Beds in Four Towns Following Illness Outbreak

"BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) have closed 40 oyster beds in Plymouth Harbor, Kingston Bay, Duxbury Bay, Bluefish River and Back River in the towns of Plymouth, Kingston, Duxbury and Marshfield."

Source: Quincy Patriot Ledger, 09/02/2013

"New EPA Chief To Visit Alaska Over Controversial Mine Proposal"

"WASHINGTON -- New Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy plans to visit the site of Alaska’s proposed Pebble Mine next week as she decides whether to block the massive project to protect one of the world’s last big runs of wild salmon."

Source: McClatchy, 08/22/2013

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