Tippets: Columbia and Snake River Salmon, Fisheries and Climate Change, Florida Faces New Algal Bloom

September 5, 2018 By: Erin Block

  • A recent essay by David James Duncan addresses the plight of wild salmon in the Columbia/Snake river system. The essay was adapted from the author’s talk to representatives of 15 Native American Tribes and First Nations at “One River, Ethics Matter – the 5th annual international ethics conference on the past and future of the Columbia River” in Missoula, Mont. Read “Hearts Like the Mountains via Columbia Rediviva.
  • In this recent article, Jono Wilson, lead fisheries scientist for The Nature Conservancy in California, writes about new ways of managing fisheries in the face of climate change: “Through co-management approaches backed by clear performance requirements, new technologies, and experimentation in fisheries management, I am hopeful that we can address the challenges of a changing climate, and maintain healthy, sustainable fisheries.”
  • In Florida, a third species of algae fueled by decomposing fish is blooming in Southwest Florida waters. Rick Bartleson, a water quality scientist for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, explains: “this new type of algae can be harmful though not toxic to the ecosystem because it keeps light from reaching seagrasses and causes oxygen levels to shrink.” Via News Press.