Our network

Environment

California Fish & Game Commission suspends license of charter boat operator for poaching in MPA area

By Dan Bacher | February 21, 2018 | 

The California Fish and Game Commission on February 7 ordered a five-year suspension of the license of Pacific Star Sportfishing, Inc., a recreational sportfishing vessel operator, for fishing in the “marine protected area” network created under the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative and other violations.
They made the decision following oral arguments heard at the Commission meeting in Sacramento.
In an undercover operation and subsequent boarding by officers in 2013, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wildlife officers observed 18 violations including poaching within California’s marine protected area (MPA) network, exceeding the possession limits of several fish species, using illegal methods to take fish and failing to report accurate counts on logbooks. ... Read More

When Every Fish Counts

Genetic tools can be a powerful complement to visual identification of endangered fish, indicates a study from the University of California, Davis.

 

 

 

 

 ... Read More

Big court victory: 10-year California water transfer program failed analysis and disclosure

By Dan Bacher | February 20, 2018 |

On February 15, Federal District Court Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill in Fresno issued an order supporting many of the claims made by AquAlliance and their co-plaintiff partners in a landmark lawsuit challenging water transfers from rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley to growers in the San Joaquin Valley.
 ... Read More

Brown administration proposes construction of Delta Tunnels in two stages

By Dan Bacher | February 8, 2018 | 
After months of talk and speculation, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation yesterday announced plans for a two-stage implementation of Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels project, also known as the California WaterFix.
 ... Read More

Tribes, fishermen slam Trump plan to export more water from the Delta

Water protectors from the Klamath, Trinity, Sacramento and Pit Rivers rally in front of the federal building in Sacramento to oppose the Trump plan to "maximize water deliveries" from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Photo by Dan Bacher. |  By Dan Bacher | February 6, 2018 |     
Members of the Yurok Tribe on the Klamath River, Hoopa Valley Tribe on the Trinity River, Winnemem Wintu Tribe on the McCloud  River and the Pit River Tribe joined with commercial and recreational fishing groups and Restore the Delta to protest Trump administration water grab in front of the federal building on Capitol Mall in Sacramento on January 23.
 ... Read More

California fire agencies call for additional $100 million to combat climate-driven disasters

January 28, 2018 |  
In an acknowledgment the effects global warming have had on California, a coalition of local fire agency leaders have urged Governor Brown and state lawmakers to provide an additional $100 million in state funds for pre-deployment of staffing, apparatus and equipment before extreme weather events and for improved communications throughout the state’s Mutual Aid Response System.

 

 ... Read More

Big Oil praises Governor Brown's final State of the State Address

By Dan Bacher | January 27, 2018 | 

Amidst predictably fawning media coverage, California Governor Jerry Brown delivered his sixteenth and final State of the State address at the State Capitol in Sacramento on January 25.
Brown proclaimed that the "bolder path is still our way forward" on climate change, cap-and-trade and infrastructure investment, including the implementation of the water bond of 2014 and the construction of his  Delta Tunnels, and an array of other issues. 
He said the renewal of his cap-and-trade program on a bipartisan basis was “a major achievement and will ensure that we will have substantial sums to invest in communities all across the state -- both urban and agricultural.”... Read More