Press Release: Legislation Introduced to Protect Water Quality and Wild Salmon in Oregon


For immediate release February 19, 2013   Contact John Ward, Rogue Flyfishers (Medford), 541.482.2859 Frank Armendariz, River Trail Outfitters (Eugene), 541.228.4084   Salem, OR — Local businesses, outdoor enthusiasts, and conservation organizations applaud the recent introduction of Senate Bill 401 by Senator Alan Bates (D-Medford/Ashland) which would protect 30 rivers as State Scenic Waterways in … Continue reading Press Release: Legislation Introduced to Protect Water Quality and Wild Salmon in Oregon

“You Keep Those Damn [Franken]Fish Out Of My Waters”


By Gabriel Scott I've read some poorly crafted Environmental Assessments in my time, and seen more than a few ill-considered decisions, but this one might just take the cake. Over the holidays the veterinarians at the Food and Drug Administration decided to approve an application to grow and sell genetically engineered salmon, a King/ Atlantic … Continue reading “You Keep Those Damn [Franken]Fish Out Of My Waters”

Alaska’s ignorance-based fishery management


By Gabe Scott Alaska King Salmon are facing a crisis. The last several years have seen drastic declines in returning King Salmon runs, costing commercial fishermen millions, closing popular sport fisheries, and leaving subsistence fish camps in the villages empty. Something is wrong, but what? That was the topic of a science symposium, put together … Continue reading Alaska’s ignorance-based fishery management

Halting the “Frankenfish” Experiment


Wild salmon are an economic engine that we believe is the cornerstone of sustainable development in Cascadia. These sea-going golden retrievers bring the wealth of the ocean home every year — sustainably generating jobs for independent fishermen, food for the world, to say nothing of being our ecological keystone species.   Commercial fish farming interests … Continue reading Halting the “Frankenfish” Experiment

Establishing the Copper and Bearing River Deltas Wild Salmon Reserve


Our wild salmon heritage begins and ends in our forest home.   Alaska’s Copper River salmon fishery is a world-famous example of everything right and wonderful about our salmon heritage. The Copper River Delta embedded in the Chugach National Forest—at nearly 700,000 roadless acres and the largest intact wetland on the Pacific Coast— is a … Continue reading Establishing the Copper and Bearing River Deltas Wild Salmon Reserve

General Response to Joe Greene


[Editor's note: When the New 49er's griped about the bias of scientists involved in the public advisory committee for suction dredging in California, the State eventually acquiesced allowed the New 49ers to invite two people with science degrees from their camp.  They selected Joe Greene and Claudia Wise retired EPA scientists from Oregon and current … Continue reading General Response to Joe Greene

Suction Dredging and High Banking for Gold


What is Suction Dredge Mining and High Banking? Suction dredging for gold involves the disruption of compacted stream beds and underwater gravel deposits by dislodging materials and sucking them through a tube attached to a gasoline-powered water pump. The 2-6 inch tubes employed by recreational suction dredgers act like underwater vacuums. The resulting silt and … Continue reading Suction Dredging and High Banking for Gold

Pacific Salmon–Sea Going Golden Retrievers


  Pacific salmon are a little like seagoing golden retrievers.  Only instead of drool-slimed tennis balls, they retrieve nutrients lost from the land and gobbled up by an assortment of plankton (free-floaters) and nekton (swimmers) in the oceanic water column.  Their dogged inland migration over millennia and suicidal sacrifice for their offspring in large part … Continue reading Pacific Salmon–Sea Going Golden Retrievers