Fish & Fisheries

Trump Admin Moves to Lift Protections for Fish and Divert Water to Farms

"The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to weaken protections for a threatened California fish, a change that would allow large amounts of water to be diverted from the San Francisco Bay Delta to irrigate arid farmland and could harm the region’s fragile ecosystem."

Source: NY Times, 10/23/2019

"Trump's FWS Pick, Short On Wildlife Credentials, Struggles"

"The first African American nominated to serve as FWS director, [Aurelia] Skipwith enjoys the Trump administration's support while still facing resistance from some agency veterans and congressional Democrats who voice doubts about her qualifications and her frankness."

Source: Greenwire, 10/21/2019

"As Ocean Fears Gather Pace, WTO Fishing Talks Stall"

"The oceans are under siege, campaigners warn, and fish stocks could collapse unless a global deal is struck swiftly to ban harmful fisheries subsidies. The World Trade Organization, meanwhile, can’t agree on who will head the committee to discuss the issue, according to sources close to the negotiations."

Source: Reuters, 10/02/2019

"Why It’s So Hard to Build Offshore Wind Power in the U.S."

"For years, the mighty wind blowing off the Massachusetts coast has beckoned developers with visions of clean, emission-free electricity. The latest to be seduced, Vineyard Wind LLC, aims to install 84 Statute of Liberty-size turbines about 15 miles off the state’s shoreline, which would together generate enough electricity to power 400,000 homes as soon as 2022."

Source: Bloomberg, 10/02/2019

Climate Change Threatens World Fisheries, Food Billions of People Rely On

"The world's already overtaxed fisheries are being stressed to their limits by climate change, putting at risk a critical component of the world's diet. As temperatures rise, fish populations are projected to plummet and disappear in some regions, especially in the tropics."

Source: InsideClimate News, 10/01/2019
October 18, 2019

DEADLINE: IJNR's Asian Carp at the Gates of the Great Lakes: A Workshop for Journalists

Join the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources in Chicago, Nov 3-5, 2019, for a workshop on Asian carp: How they got here, current efforts to protect America's waterways, and what the future of this invasive species might hold. $25 registration fee includes lodging, local travel and meals. Only a few spots left. Registration closes Oct 18 at noon ET.



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