Category Archives: Conservation

Protect the Beaverhead River

The proposal to retrofit Clark Canyon Dam into a hydroelectric facility would present a serious threat to the headwaters of the Beaverhead River. The Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, a Montana-based non-profit, outlines the risks and presents information on the proposal, including concern … more

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Tippets: Deep Sea Bioluminescence, Fighting Atlantic Salmon Farms, Herring Return to Hudson River Tributary, Farmed Salmon Hearing Loss

Bioluminescence, the ability to produce light, is more common in fish species than once thought. A new study published in PLOS ONE examines the “Repeated and Widespread Evolution of Bioluminescence in Marine Fishes” Open-water Atlantic salmon farms pose an unacceptable … more

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Mora National Fish Hatchery’s 2016 Gila Trout Spawning Season Ends on High Note

The Mora National Fish Hatchery reports a successful year for the 2016 spawning of Gila trout, with an increase in stocking planned. “Fishery managers in New Mexico and Arizona have identified 20 streams suitable for Gila trout stocking this year. This … more

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Tippets: Reconnecting Rivers, Lake Michigan’s King Salmon, How Dams are Removed, Young Fish and Microbeads

Stemming from the famous sentence penned by Norman Maclean, Jeff Opperman writes about the importance of free-flowing rivers. “A better phrase may be: and fish still run through it. For if the fish are moving through that means your river remains … more

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Saving Mangrove Forests

Mangrove forests help to clean carbon from the atmosphere, yet are under extreme threat. “Their carbon sequestration potential is significant in helping to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide,” says Alfredo Quarto. “Mangrove forests store the most carbon per hectare of any … more

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Video Hatch: “Keep Our Blackfoot”

This short film tells the story of the river that runs through the Blackfoot valley just east of Missoula, Montana. Via PMD Productions.

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Tippets: Wet Spring Helps Brookies, Secrets of Salmon Migration, Proposed Michigan Chumming Ban, Forage Fish Value

A cool and wet spring in the Northeast has helped brook trout populations threatened by climate change and acid rain. John Hopewell writes about the challenges facing this native fish as well as the inroads being made. Via The Washington Post. … more

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Video Hatch: “Protect Wild Rivers and Native Fish from Strip Mining”

In this short film Dave Lacey of the Native Fish Society talks about the Wild Rivers Campaign and what can be done to help protect southwest Oregon’s wild rivers and native fish from strip mining.

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AFFTA Awards Washington, D.C. Conservation Leaders

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association recently held a Capitol Hill reception to celebrate champions for clean water, fish habitat and the outdoor industry. Recipients of awards included including Senator John Tester, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and White … more

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Anglers Unite Against Big Sugar

Discharge from Florida’s Lake Okeechobee is severely polluted with phosphorus and nitrates from sugar farming and development and has decimated seagrass flats that once supported a thriving fishery. Bill Kearney writes about how anglers like guide Mike Conner are uniting … more

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