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Conservation

Tippets: Australian Heatwave Affecting Fish, Great Lakes Carp Cowboys, Will the Colorado River Run Dry?

Extreme heat in Australia’s New South Wales has resulted in a fish kill in the Darling River. “Australian state government on Tuesday announced plans to mechanically pump oxygen into lakes and rivers after hundreds of thousands of fish have died in heatwave conditions.” Via AP News. For years, Asian Carp have threatened the Great Lakes ecosystems...

Tippets: Shifting Baseline Syndrome, New Method for Counting Salmon

Twenty years ago, fisheries expert Daniel Pauly introduced “shifting baselines syndrome,” explaining generational blindness to environmental destruction. In recent years, this idea has been further developed by George Monbiot, a respected environmental writer. In this interview, Oceana spoke with Monbiot and Pauly “to learn how much we’ve lost, and...

Fly Fisherman Names Joe Hemming 2019 Conservationist of the Year

"Joe Hemming, president of Anglers of the Au Sable, is a lawyer by trade, and his pro bono legal work helped stop a commercial fish farm that would have polluted the river. " Over the past three decades, Anglers of the Au Sable has fought many important conservation battles to protect this iconic Michigan river. Josh Greenberg profiles Joe Hemming, whose...

Tippets: Climate Change Call to Action, Mining Advances in Boundary Waters, Oil & Gas Leases in ANWR

Kian Tanner is a 13-year-old angler living in Montana, and writes an urgent plea to the adults in the room. “Shouldn’t my generation be able to experience the same things as my parents' generation? The outdoors is something that should be protected. If you let climate change destroy it, then you are letting your children down.” Read Tanner’s essay...

Tippets: Scientists on Proposed Clean Water Act Rules, How Fish Swim Fast

High Country News recently talked with Ellen Wohl, a river researcher and professor at Colorado State University, about how scientists view rollbacks for the number of wetlands and creeks protected under the Clean Water Act. “Even though there are these national rules, and even if they go into effect, there are things you can do locally to protect your...

U.S. House Sends Modern Fish Act to President

Recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, S.1520, the “Modern Fish Act” is one step closer to becoming law. Read more in the press release below. U.S. House Sends Modern Fish Act to President Statement by Marine Fish Conservation Network Executive Director Arlington, VA – The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, under suspension of the...

Senate Passes Modern Fish Act

The Marine Fish Conservation Network has released a statement from executive director Robert C. Vandermark regarding the passage of Senate bill S. 1520, known as the “Modern Fish Act.” Read more in the press release below.    Senate Passes Modern Fish Act Statement by Network Executive Director on Senate Action on S. 1520 Arlington, VA – The Senate...

Tippets: New Pennsylvania Wild Trout Populations, Wetlands and Climate Change, Re-Stocking the Animas River

Students from Susquehanna University have found wild trout in 43 of 88 previously un-assessed Pennsylvania streams. “Pennsylvania contains more than 86,000 miles of streams and rivers, more than all U.S. states except Alaska. Prior to 2010, Fish and Boat had no data on water quality, habitat and aquatic life on about 60 percent of those waters.” Via The...

Tippets: Bryan Huskey Talks Keep ‘Em Wet, Streamer Presentation

From running after rooster fish on the beaches of Baja to fly fishing for catfish in Idaho, Bryan Huskey joins the Fishing Podcast for an episode to talk Keepemwet from a variety of angles and perspectives. Listen here. A successful angler will try to imagine what the fly looks like underwater. “And a good streamer angler understands how the weight in the...

Tippets: Idaho Staves Off Steelhead Closures, EPA Guts Clean Water Act, Midterm Elections and The Pebble Mine

The scheduled closure of Idaho’s steelhead season won’t go forward as planned. “Members of the newly formed Idaho River Community Alliance, environmental groups and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game forged an agreement to stave off the closure. The agreement was approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in a unanimous vote Friday evening....