Mines and Rivers don’t mix

(Photo credit: Jesus Ballesteros/Expreso/Cuartoscuro.com)
Talk about destruction! Last month, 10 million gallons of copper sulfate acid was spilled from a copper mine into Northern Mexico’s Sonora and Bacanuchi rivers, 25 miles south of the Arizona border.

The water turned into a toxic mustard-like substance, killing all critters in it and majorly impacting water supplies.

Grupo Mexico, the mining giant owned by German Larrea Mota Velasco, is responsible for what is being called the worst ecological disaster in Mexican history.

The estimated cost of the cleanup is reportedly as much as $1 Billion and the mining company is blaming heavy rains for the disaster, though federal and state governments, as well as environmental groups, believe it was provoked by maintenance problems in a tank containing the acid. Read more at Forbes.com

Yet another fine example of why the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska needs to be stopped! If built, it would be one of the world’s largest open pit mines, right at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, which supports a $500 million/year fishing

The Salmon Cannon: Could this help migrating fish get over dams?

Fish ladders have long been used to help salmon and steelhead migrate up over dams, but some dams are too high and ladders just aren’t a feasible solution.

Well, now thanks to a new technology called the Salmon Cannon, migratory fish may be able to get over some previously impassible barriers.

A company called Whooshh Innovations looked at their own existing technology used to transport delicate produce, like ripe tomatoes or apples, without damage using vacuum pressure. They were able adapt their system to safely give fish a boost, and thus, the salmon cannon was born.

You can read the whole story here

The World Record Halibut…that Wasn’t

Photo: Alaskan Anglers Inn

Photo: Alaskan Anglers Inn

The massive 482-pound Pacific halibut that was caught in July near Glacier Bay, Alaska, won’t be recognized as a world record. Despite besting the current all-tackle record of 259 pounds, the fish was shot and harpooned boat side (which is the safe way to get a huge halibut aboard), thus disqualifying it from IGFA record consideration.

Still, angler Jack McGuire of Santa Ana called it a “catch of a lifetime.” All 92 inches and nearly 500 pounds of it!

El Nino may send Exotic Species to California

Photo: Mark Rayor/Jen Wren Sportfishing

Photo: Mark Rayor/Jen Wren Sportfishing

While NOAA has backed off on their predictions of a huge El Nino headed our way, there are already signs that we’ve got warm water moving up the California coast. Only time will tell, but exotics are already showing off the coast, including fish like dorado, tuna and hammerhead sharks!

Click HERE for a list of the Top 10 Exotic Fish we may see this fall.