Indonesia: We blow up illegal fishing boats!

(Reuters/Antara Foto/Izaac Mulyawan)

(Reuters/Antara Foto/Izaac Mulyawan)

You want to fish illegally in Indonesian waters? Better hope maritime affairs minister Susi Pudjiastuti doesn’t catch you! The government has been seizing boats lately…and then blowing them to smithereens. From an environmental standpoint, it’s probably not such a great plan, but you gotta admit, it must be getting the attention of poachers! Maybe we need something similar here in the US…

Read the whole story at QUARTZ

The Numbers are In: 2014 Fall Salmon Run Totals for the Sacramento/Klamath River Systems

spawning-chinookAccording to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Sacramento and Klamath River Fall Chinook Salmon numbers were pretty decent in 2014. Approximately 212,000 adult kings returned to spawn in the Sacramento River and its tributaries last fall. Additionally, 10,000 adult Chinook returned to the San Joaquin, Mokelumne, Consumnes and other Central Valley rivers.

The 2014 adult salmon return, or escapement, exceeds the minimum goal set by fishery managers of 122,000 to 180,000 fish. The sad thing is most of the progeny of in-river naturally spawning salmon are believed to have perished in the low, warm water.

As far as jack (2-year-old kings) counts go, the Sac system received a run of 25,359 fish. According to the Golden Gate Salmon Association, the 2014 jack count is about 25 percent higher than the 2013 jack count. Although the multiplier that’s applied changes slightly from year to year, a layman’s analysis suggests there could be about 25 percent more three year olds are in the ocean now than the 600,000 estimated at this time last year. This suggests there could be close to 800,000 adult salmon forecast for 2015.

Although we now know that federally protected winter run Chinook largely failed to reproduce in the wild in 2014 due to elevated river temperatures, fishing restrictions to further protect them likely won’t kick in until next year when they’re big enough to bite a bait.

The official 2015 forecast will be announced by state officials at a meeting February 26 in Santa Rosa. This number will be used by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council to propose times and areas where ocean salmon fishing will be allowed off the California coast. The Council will finalize setting the 2015 season by April. As of now, the sport salmon season is set to open on Saturday April 4 off the California coast south of Horse Mountain, near Shelter Cove in southern Humboldt County.

Klamath River

According to GGSA, things look relatively good on the Klamath River as well. There, fishery managers were shooting for a minimum escapement of 40,700 natural adult spawners. Instead they ended up with more than twice that at 95,330. Another 31,000 adult salmon returned to the hatchery.

Summer in February: Drought Stricken Lake Tahoe

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It’s mid February in the High Sierra…smack dab in the middle of what is traditionally ski season. Yet here at Lake Tahoe (Elevation 6,225 feet), it feels like summer. Beautiful…of course! But the total lack of snow is very scary!

The lake is down several feet and most piers are partially or completely out of the water. Instead of skiers and snow boarders, there are bikers, skaters and paddleboarders.

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The water level here has dropped so low that the lake’s outlet at the Truckee River in Tahoe City is literally several hundred yards away from the lake’s edge…

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Here’s the lake-side of the dam in Tahoe City…

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And the Truckee River below Fanny Bridge…

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The huge trout that lived below the bridge have long since gone…

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Again, it’s amazingly beautiful up here but the total lack of snow on the distant hills tells a fighting tale of what’s in store this summer…

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Much Needed Rain Headed for Nor Cal

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NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center estimates that nearly 13 inches of rain could fall on the northwest California coast over the next five days. The center suggests rainfall totals of at least four inches will be widespread across the northern half of the state, and as far south as the Bay Area.

While this will be far from fixing our drought issues, it certainly is welcome! Read more HERE