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Fisheries Disasters Declared for Nine West Coast Species

Posted by feww on January 19, 2017

“Sudden and unexpected large decreases in fish stock biomass…”

Commercial fishery disasters have been declared for nine salmon and crab fisheries in Alaska, California and Washington, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Each of the following fisheries experienced “sudden and unexpected large decreases in fish stock biomass due to unusual ocean and climate conditions,” NOAA said.

In Alaska:

  • Gulf of Alaska pink salmon fisheries (2016)

In California:

  • California Dungeness and rock crab fishery (2015-2016)
  • Yurok Tribe Klamath River Chinook salmon fishery (2016)

In Washington:

  • Fraser River Makah Tribe and Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe sockeye salmon fisheries (2014)
  • Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay non-treaty coho salmon fishery (2015)
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, and Squaxin Island Tribe South Puget Sound salmon fisheries (2015)
  • Quinault Indian Nation Grays Harbor and Queets River coho salmon fishery (2015)
  • Quileute Tribe Dungeness crab fishery (2015-2016)
  • Ocean salmon troll fishery (2016)

Additional details are available from the following sources:

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Floods Threaten Niger’s Rice Crop

Posted by feww on September 14, 2012


[September 14, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • Republic of Niger. Flooding in Niger could destroy its main rice harvest, reports said.
    • Floods have already claimed dozens of lives since the annual rainy season began.
    • Niger produces about 130,000 tons of rice a year.
    • “Most of the rainy season rice crop, estimated at over 80,000 metric tons, risks being destroyed this year,” a Malian official said.
  • United States. The Department of Commerce has declared Fisheries Disasters in Northeast, Alaska, and Mississippi.
    • Northeast – Several key fish stocks in the Northeast groundfish fishery are not rebuilding and further cuts are expected in 2013.  More information here.
    • Alaska – Low returns of Chinook salmon to the Yukon River, Kuskokwim River, and Cook Inlet have resulted in a fishery resource disaster have caused a continuation of the Yukon River commercial fishery failure in 2010 – 2012, a Kuskokwim River commercial fishery failure in 2011 – 2012, and a Cook Inlet commercial fishery failure in 2012.  More information here.
    • Mississippi – Impacted by the massive freshwater impacts from the historic flooding in the lower Mississippi River in the spring of 2011, a commercial fishery failure has been declared for the Mississippi oyster fishery and the state’s blue crab fishery. More information here.
  • North Korea. Death toll from recent floods in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has risen to 300, with 600 others reported as missing and many injured, reports said.
    • “The floods between mid-June and late August destroyed 87,280 houses and affected roughly 298,050 residents, damaging farmland and social infrastructure such as electric cables, coal mines and railways, according to the KCNA, said a report.
  • Pakistan.  Flooding in Pakistan has left hundreds of people dead, injured or missing.  Thousands of others are left homeless.
  • Ryukyu Islands. Super Typhoon SANBA (TY 17W), near 23.5ºN, 129.1ºE,  continues to intensifies moving north (345 degrees) toward Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands.

Super Typhoon SANBA (TY 17W) and its project path – enhanced IR satellite image.  Image source:  CIMSS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background


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Red Tide Kills Millions of Fish Along Texas Coast

Posted by feww on November 4, 2011

Persisting red tide has killed millions of fish along the coast of Texas since last month

Staff of Padre Island National Seashore continue to find coyotes that are sick or dead, probably from ingesting fish killed by the brevetoxin, a lethal neurotoxin released by Karenia brevis, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) said.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 4

[November 4, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,594 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Texas, USA. Persisting red tide (algal bloom) has killed millions of fish along the coast of Texas since last month. Staff of Padre Island National Seashore continue to find sick or dead coyotes, probably from ingesting fish killed by the brevetoxin, Texas Parks and Wildlife department (TPWD) said.
    • Various concentrations levels of Karenia brevis have been found among oysters, clams and mussels leases along the coast.
    • Karenia brevis is a single-celled, photosynthetic organism that blooms and produces lethal neurotoxins called brevetoxins.
    • Common in Gulf of Mexico, K. brevis is responsible for red tide along the coastal waters of Texas and Florida.
    • An estimated 4.2million fish were killed by the lethal brevetoxin between September 15 and October  30, TPWD reported.
    • Red tide is particularly intense this year because of the Texas drought and recent excessive heat, which help the algae thrive.
    • Red tide can cause respiratory irritation, skin rashes and burning in humans.
    • “The red tides caused by the dinoflagellate Gonyaulax are serious because this organism produces saxitonin & gonyautoxins which accumulate in shellfish and if ingested may lead to paralytic shellfish poisoning and can lead to death,” a report said.
    • Karenia brevis toxic aerosol is blown onshore by wind.

Other Disasters

  • British Columbia, Canada. The highly contagious Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA), has been found on B.C.’s central coast, according to researchers at Simon Fraser University.
    • The highly contagious marine influenza virus has been found in Chinook, coho and chum species.
    • The virus was also found in sockeye smolts collected in B.C.’s Central Coast.
    • “We looked at 60 fish, and we got it in two different generations, 600 kilometres apart, four different species. That’s a huge red flag.” Said a researcher at SFU.
    • Chile’s wild fish stocks have been decimated by ISA since 2007, costing the country about $2 billion in losses.
    • ISA threatens both wild salmon and herring, biologists at Simon Fraser University said.

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Chinook Salmon Fisheries Collapsing

Posted by feww on April 13, 2008


Chinook salmon stocks are collapsing. West Coast fisheries managers recommended all commercial and sport salmon fishing in coastal waters off California and most of Oregon be halted to preserve collapsing Chinook salmon stocks.

“This is a disaster for West Coast salmon fisheries,” said Don Hansen, chairman of the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Between 2000 and 2005, the annual catch for Chinook salmon in California and Oregon fisheries was about 800,000, according to the council.

Chinook Salmon (male) around spawning time. (Photo Credit: USGS)

In 2002, 775,000 Chinook salmon returned to the Sacramento River to spawn; however, the managers project only 54,000 Chinook will return this year even with the fishing restrictions imposed. Report

Additional Information (Source)

Chinook salmon may spend between one to eight years in the ocean before returning to their home rivers to spawn, though the average is three to four years. Chinook prefer larger and deeper water to spawn in than other species of salmon and can be found on the spawning redds (nests) from September through to December. After laying eggs in a redd, adult female Chinook will guard the redd from 4 to 25 days before dying, while males look for additional mates. Chinook salmon eggs will hatch, depending upon water temperatures, 90 to 150 days after deposition. Eggs are deposited at a time to ensure that young salmon fry emerge during appropriate time for juvenile survival and growth.

Chinook salmon range from San Francisco Bay in California to north of the Bering Strait in Alaska, and the arctic waters of Canada and Russia (the Chukchi Sea ), including the entire Pacific coast in between. Populations occur in Asia as far south as the islands of Japan. In Russia, they are found in Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands.

[Update: May 1, 2008]

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Thursday closed almost all of the ocean off the West Coast to salmon fishing, clearing the way for governors of states hard hit by years of declining catches to seek federal relief aid for losses estimated at $290 million. (Source)

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