fisheries

Federal Biologists Determine that Corps Dams Are Harming Yuba River Fisheries

A Biological Opinion (BiOp) recently produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has determined that continued operation of Englebright dam and Daguerre Point dams on the lower Yuba River in California will jeopardize endangered fish species on the Yuba River.

The Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon and steelhead and the Southern distinct population segment of North American green sturgeon have all be affected by the dams.

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Blue Harvest: Inland Fisheries as an Ecosystem Service

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United Nations Environment Programme
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2010
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Damming a river may bring electric power, but it often comes at the price of high-quality food fisheries, experts say. When dams are proposed for power, flood control or irrigation, the often devastating impacts on fisheries in rivers and lakes are ignored or discounted.This report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Fish Centre warns that despite over 40 years of steady production globally, rapid environmental changes are occurring which challenge the viability of future fish stocks and a range of internationally- agreed development targets including the Millennium Development Goals.The report is available online at http://www.unep.org/pdf/Blue_Harvest.pdf

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Dugan, P., Delaporte, A., Andrew, N., O'Keefe, M., Welcomme, R.

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Listen to the River: An Independent Review of the CVPIA Fisheries Program

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CVPIA
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2008
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This report prepared by the Bureau of Reclamation and the US Fish and Wildlife Service in December 2008 analyzes the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) and its impacts on increasing the populations of anadromous fish in Central Valley rivers and streams. The CVPIA (1992) had a goal of doubling the population by 2002, which didn't happen. The report claims that this goal will not be achieved unless renewed commitments and improvements are made to the program. 

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Cummins, Ken; Chris Furey; Albert Giorgi; Steve Lindley; John Nestler; John Shurts

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Listen to the River: An Independent Review of the CVPIA Fisheries Program

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2008
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A independent science panel review concludes that the California's Central Valley Project Improvement Act's salmon doubling program has failed to achieve its goal for the number of reasons. The panel also makes a number of recommendations. 

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Cummins, Ken; Chris Furey; Albert Giorgi; Steve Lindley; John Nestler; John Shurts  

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