Posts Tagged ‘fish habitat


Condit Dam Breach Time Lapse…Cool!


Fish & Habitat Management by Mote Marine Laboratory

“Why, after a century of stocking marine fishes into the wild, is there still so little understanding of the effects and effectiveness of marine stock enhancement? Historically, little emphasis has been placed on understanding the impacts of stocking on fisheries landings. The approach to marine stock-enhancement during most of the 20th century can be characterized as the Production Phase, the period when all of the emphasis and accountability in stocking programs was focused on aquaculture production and release magnitude. This emphasis on production is pervasive, even today, and has overshadowed critical questions about stocking effects on fisheries landings and fish populations.”

MOTE MARINE LABORATORY is not only involved in research re aqua culture but also the production of wetland plants. They are growing fish and plants. Interesting to see how this habitat/stability concept works for the Atlantic/Gulf Coasts.


Yellow Water Lily Umbrellas

A Yellow Water Lily on a late Summer afternoon on an Oregon lake. Big trout cruised beneath, toward the reeds, looking for those emerging damsels and dragons.


Sacramento River Water Diversion Harms Salmon Runs?

Scarcity and ‘back room’ deals for diverting water to San Fran and little regard for the Sacramento River salmon runs????? Huh? Maybe Ted Williams can look up from his umpteenth piece about Darth Vader & BushWhacker and zero in on Sen. Feinsteins’ ass? Why is she ignoring a previously agreed upon plan with tax payer dollars already dispensed? $100 million Ted…dig a little.

Feinstein water grab


Oregon Timber Harvest (low demands + proposed increased harvest?)


Although not updated in the last month…the information here is worth review for Oregon Fly Fishers. Site care of Buster. By reviewing the maps, I could see the clearcuts since 1968 and their seeming vastness. I would like to see the reforestation maps and yields from those efforts and the boardfeet replacement equations. Does that matter? They did all that cutting (and exporting…another BS issue) so has the replanting been successful or is it even close to re-harvesting. The site suggests it is lagging (let me guess…climate change), and if it is lagging, for whatever reason, then no harvests should commence. If economic indicators provide no demand then no harvests should commence. And, if it doesn’t…for the communities that require food on the table…perhaps a quicker infusion of stimulus monies for those green jobs are in order for Tillamook County. Perhaps Governor Ted or our vaunted eco saavy Senators and Rep’s could for once be heard from. I know that is all highly improbable. While many are upset over Cheney appearing at a function, perhaps they should aggressively ask…what the hell has the State of Oregon government been doing for how many years under Kulongoski, Kitzhaber, Roberts, Goldschmidt and the pious Hooley, Blumenauer, DeFazio, AuCoin, Wu, Merkeley and Wyden. Quite a strike force of earnest green blood. So what gives? They are aware and they defer. Why? They have had the numbers enough times to bring a halt and haven’t.

I wonder if the flooding we see almost yearly in Tillamook County will become even more epic than the last few years? The put ‘n take philosophy for fish and timber is so pervasive in Oregon that the hard choices that were and are on the table are not palatable to the current or past leaders of this fair state.


Fish Habitat & Roads (Logging, Runoff and Planning…still failing to mesh)

After all the battles, consciousness raising and supposed oversight, there still sets right in front of our noses the obvious intrusion into the wilderness…roads. And the repercussions of poor planning, maintenance and vision…or is it the old trade off of industry v. recreation. Recreation is no longer the word. Recreation is tent camping, put and take fisheries, off road rampaging, tubing the river. It is bigger than recreation and our fisheries biologist are in the wait and see mode re consequences. Frankly, I imagine many know but either place a low premium on those consequences or are sucked up into budget, balance, recreation, industry equations. Back to basics for habitat should be the never ending mantra.  





Consequences of Poor Planning

This piece is in Portugese, but I imagine by the visuals and if you know a little Spanish, you can tell the landslides (deslizamentos) were caused by removing normal vegetation and replacing it with banana crops. The roads were built through this deforested area. The results are obvious.

I am a staunch supporter of timber, etc. But, logging roads and forest service roads built without any regard for fish habitat, whether for the recreationist or the preservationist is absurd this day in age.   


Pebble Mine, The Dilemma: big minerals v. big fisheries

 The Canadian/Bristish Mining companies partnered in the enterprise stand to make billions on extracting critical reserves of ore while doing so adjacent to critical reserves of fish and their habitat. All the BS Exxon Valdez scare tactics aside, the track record for the involved companies, after all the polished permit studies and fluff are removed, is not good. Is the ore of world wide importance, and is there really a likelihood (not maybe or threatened) there will be harm to the environment? 100’s of Billions of $$$ of Gold/Copper etc. v. fish, habitat, jobs and identity. Risks, always risks. We are so risk avoidant. But, maybe here we should be?

This is the true nature of the environmental stewardship. Not snail darters, climate change (come on, not really), not veganism. This, the balance of industry v. nature. Stewardship v. cancer. Fake studies, fake concern by government, economic possibilites for the poor, broken promises, altered habitat and stories of ‘I remember when’. Those stories of ‘I remember when’ are because of a lack of stewardship.

Pebble Mine Proximity and Size

Pebble Mine Proximity and Size


 Study this issue. My gut tells me to drill and drill a lot re oil. But, my gut also tells me, having seen the big operation in BC on the way into Calling Lake and Island Lake, that there is more to learn here.

Controversy: The controversy over the Pebble Mine centers largely on its potential impact on fish and fisheries. In general, mining opponents claim that the mine poses a significant and unacceptable risk to downstream fish stocks, while mining proponents claim that the mine can be developed without significantly harming the fish.Reserves and resources: Latest estimates (2/2008 indicate that Pebble West contains (at a copper-equivalent cut-off of 0.30%): Measured and Indicated resources of; 18.8 billion pounds of copper, 31.3 million ounces of gold, and 265 million pounds of molybdenum, contained within 3026 million tons of ore and Inferred resources of 5.9 billion pounds of copper, 9.1 million ounces of gold, and 993 million pounds of molybdenum, contained within 1130 million tons of ore. There are 100’s of billions of dollars involved here when you look at mining yield and the economic impact as well as the fisheries, tourism, commercial operations and the indentity of the state….

Pebble East is estimated to contain (at a copper-equivalent cut-off of 0.6%): Inferred resources of 49 billion pounds of copper, 45 million ounces of gold, and 2.8 billion pounds of molybdenum, contained within 3860 million tonnes of ore.

By dollar value, slightly more than half of the value of Pebble is from copper, with the remainder split roughly equally between gold and molybdenum.

Pebble is now estimated to be the second-largest ore deposit of its type in the world, slightly smaller than Indonesia’s Grasberg Mine. (General Information about the issue). (Pro Pebble Mine) (Cons Pebble Mine) (Cons Pebble Mine) (Cons Pebble Mine)  (Interactive Map of Area)

I have a very hard time trusting environmentist activists, because they hate business and capitalism. I have a hard time trusting big business for the same reason I do not trust big government, they are too insulated and in a hurry to seriously care about the environment beyond required permit studies. Exceptions? Yes. I fear both sides exaggerate, lie and over state and we never understand the truth. A balance seems impossible with such rhetoric. Of course, it would be in Anglo American’s best interest to spend the millions to safeguard the resources at all costs and maybe restore their global reputation.

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