Fisheries, both freshwater and saltwater, serve as the proverbial canaries in the coal mine when it comes to water quality.
The condition of the land surrounding the fisheries has a direct impact on the quality of the water, which in turn has a direct impact on the productivity of the fisheries.
Fortunately, fisheries, like wildlife populations, respond to positive changes in their habitat. With careful planning that encompasses land, water and its inhabitants, aquatic environments can be restored.
Read more about fisheries and management practices:
The Rise of Aquaculture and the Threat of Floating Feedlots
Aquaculture was once thought to be the key to saving wild fish stocks. As discussed in the article below, it turns out to be fraught with unintended consequences.
“Park user fees are absurdly low. Using those fees on unwinnable battles to eradicate so-called invasive species, some introduced by the agencies themselves, wastes money badly needed for neglected infrastructure and forest management.
Why Do at Least Half of All Adult Coho Salmon Returning to Urban Streams in the Seattle Area Die Each Fall Before Spawning?
According to the article below, a chemical used to stabilize automobile tires is washing into streams where silver salmon spawn, and killing them. Many of the chemicals, fertilizers, hormones and other additives that are […]
“This project will have a very beneficial effect on water quality and salmon. Moreover, removals are inevitable. These dams are worn out. Because they are economic losers, there is no economic case for spending […]
The Elwha Dams Are Gone and Chinook Are Surging Back, But Why Are So Few Reaching the Upper River?
“As reported below, King Salmon recovery on the Elwha River is going slowly. It will require that wild sea-run fish find their way back into the river, spawn, and then after several years, return to […]
When the Otters Vanished, Everything Else Started to Crumble
Quoting the authors of the article below, “In the Aleutian’s delicate seascape, otters hold the entire ecosystem together. As they have disappeared, the rest of the local food web has started to crumble.
How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’
The eight dams discussed in the article below are artifacts of a well-intentioned, big-government mega-project that backfired. On the Columbia and Snake rivers, this mindset wiped out a 60-million fish salmon run. . This massive […]
Montana Hunter Reports Killing Grizzly Bear in Self-Defense
Events like these are reduced where bear hunting in some form is permitted. This is because bear hunting makes bears fearful of humans. Limited hunting of bears in Montana has been stopped by activist wildlifers […]
Colorado Wildfire Killed 80 Percent of River’s Fish Population
The forest agencies maintain their regulations curtailing grazing and logging help fisheries, habitat, wildlife and the public. As this article shows, the opposite is true. An unintended consequence of curtailing active management is catastrophic wildfire. […]
Just kidding. This is an early-run king salmon taken June 6, 2019, way out on the Alaska Peninsula, Caught on a barbless single-hook, then, released to make babies. There’s nothing better than swinging a fly […]
Energy Development Abuse Threatens Port Aransas and Texas’ Bays and Estuaries
Protect Port A from Port Aransas Conservancy on Vimeo. The idea of lessening regulation to achieve energy independence is a good one until it is catastrophically abused as it is in South Texas’ coastal estuaries. […]
When Europeans arrived in North America about 500 years ago, it is estimated there were 300 million beavers and 50 million acres of beaver ponds. Within 200 years, 98 percent of this was destroyed, profoundly […]
Restoring Desert Watersheds with Beaver: Back to the Future
Beaver reintroductions can help restore damaged watersheds across the desert Southwest. In far-West Texas, the Rio Grande and its tributaries are obvious starting places. Yet, any ranch having a spring or a creek that flows […]
Recently I was touring ranches near Ruidosa, New Mexico, and learned that toxic chemicals contained in fire-retardants like these had washed into their river systems, killing the fisheries which they are now trying to detoxify […]