Tippets: The Sushi Project, Saving Blackadore Caye, Restoring Hetch Hetchy, Hatchery on Michigan’s Au Sable, Stripers Forever Fundraiser Auction

February 10, 2016 By: Erin Block

  • Cooperative projects in California between rice farmers and environmentalists are using flooded rice fields, mimicking the rich floodplains where juvenile salmon once thrived, to rear threatened species of Pacific salmon. Read more in “The Sushi Project,” via Yale.
  • Fly anglers are raising concerns about habitat protection and loss of fishing access over a proposed “eco-friendly” resort on Belize’s Blackadore Caye. A petition, “Blackadore Caye: Stop the Overwater Structures, Protect the Environment & Public Access,” has been launched on Change.org.
  • A recent article by Michael Zelenko examines dam removal through the story of O’Shaughnessy Dam, which flooded the once-magnificent Hetch Hetchy Valley and created an important source of water for San Francisco. But “Restore Hetch Hetchy is campaigning to tear down the dam, drain the valley, and revive the landscape that was flooded in 1923.” Read more via The Verge.
  • Harrietta Hills Trout Farm has been issued a permit that allows the hatchery to increase production of hatchery trout on the Au Sable River. Jason Tucker writes about the effort to introduce large-scale fish farming into Michigan trout streams and open waters of the Great Lakes, in a recent post on Gink & Gasoline.
  • The 2016 2nd Annual Stripers Forever Fundraiser Auction is now underway. All money raised goes directly to wild striped bass conservation. Bidding ends February 19, 2016 at 9:00 PM.