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Natural Resources and Science

Natural Resources and Science

News articles ranging from water and energy issues, and restoration projects to science and technology are found here.

According to California Department of Fish and Game News Release, dated July 6, 2011:
The 2011 fishing regulations for salmon fishing on the American, Feather, Sacramento, Klamath and Trinity rivers are effective Saturday, July 16. The Fish and Game Commission adopts yearly regulations to help ensure the success of the fish and give the state’s fishing public an opportunity to enjoy this valuable resource.

The following is a summary of seasons, daily bag and possession limits on salmon:

American River:
Daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon for all open areas.

  • From Nimbus Dam to Hazel Ave. bridge piers, open July 16 through Dec. 31.
  • From Hazel Ave. bridge piers to United States Geological Survey (USGS) gauging station cable 300 yards downstream of Nimbus Hatchery fish rack, open July 16 through Sept. 14, only barbless hooks may be used.
  • From USGS gauging station cable 300 yards downstream of Nimbus Hatchery fish rack to Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park, open July 16 through Oct. 31, only barbless hooks may be used.
  • From SMUD power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park to Jibboom Street bridge, open July 16 through Dec. 31.
  • From Jibboom Street bridge to mouth, open July 16 through Dec. 11.
  • All other dates are closed to salmon fishing.
     

Feather River:
 Daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon for all open areas.

  • From 1,000 feet below the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet to the mouth, open July 16 through Dec. 11.
  • All other areas and dates are closed to salmon fishing.
     

Sacramento River:
Daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon for all open areas.

  •  From Deschutes Road bridge to 500 feet upstream of the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, open Aug. 1 through Dec. 18.
  • From 150 feet below the Lower Red Bluff (Sycamore) Boat Ramp to Highway 113 bridge near Knights Landing, open July 16 through Dec. 18.
  • From the Highway 113 bridge near Knights Landing to Carquinez Bridge (includes Suisun Bay, Grizzly Bay and all tributary sloughs), open July 16 through Dec. 11.
  • All other areas and dates are closed to salmon fishing.


Klamath River:
Open to salmon fishing Jan. 1 through Aug. 14. Daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon.

  • The take of salmon is prohibited on the Klamath River from Iron Gate Dam downstream to Weitchpec.
  • Open to salmon fishing from Aug. 15 through Dec. 31. Daily bag limit of three Chinook salmon of which no more than two may be over 22 inches.
  • Possession limit of nine Chinook salmon of which no more than six may be over 22 inches. The 2011 quota is 5,293 fall-run Chinook salmon over 22 inches total length.
  • A department weekly status report is available at: 1-800-564-6479. See 2011-2012 Supplement for fall-run Chinook area sub-quotas and area boundaries.


Trinity River:
Open to salmon fishing Jan. 1 through Aug 31. Daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon.

  • The take of salmon is prohibited from the confluence of the South Fork Trinity River downstream to the confluence with the Klamath River from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31.
  • Open to salmon fishing from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. Daily bag limit of three Chinook salmon of which no more than two may be over 22 inches.
  • Possession limit is nine Chinook salmon of which no more than six may be over 22 inches. 2011 quota is 2,607 fall-run Chinook salmon over 22 inches total length.
  • A department weekly status report is available at: 1-800-564-6479. See 2011-2012 Supplement for fall-run Chinook area sub-quotas and area boundaries.


Mokelumne River, San Joaquin River and their Delta sloughs are closed to salmon fishing. 

Anglers must have report cards in their possession when fishing for salmon in the Trinity and Klamath rivers. All other regulations for bag and possession limits for trout, salmon and other species, as well as general information about restrictions on fishing methods and gear on the above rivers, are available on the DFG website at: www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.

 

Sudden Oak Death was first reported in California around 1995 and since has spread considerably.  A two hour workshop at the Vet’s Hall in Garberville last Thursday, June 30, 2011,  focused on issues surrounding the plant disease and was presented by Yana Valachovic, Forest Advisor, and Chris Lee, Sudden Oak Death Project Coordinator, both from the UC Cooperative Extension.
Click here for the California Oak Mortality Task Force Web Page.
 
And click here to visit the Sudden Oak Death Symptom Gallery.

The two-hour workshop is split into three parts for easier download. Use the players below to enjoy this interesting workshop.

Part 1: Chris Lee

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Part 2: Yana Valachovic-A



Part 3: Yana Valachovic-B

 Chris Lee Presenting on Sudden Oak Death, Garberville Vet's Hall, June 30, 2011

 
Shown below is recent video illustrating some of the research on Sudden Oak Death from Matteo Garbelotto's Lab at UC Berkeley.

According to information received by the KMUD News Department from the California Fish and Game Commission:
The next meeting will take place at 10 AM on Wednesday, June 29, at University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 W. Fremont Street, Stockton, CA . Click here to access the agenda.
Two additional briefing documents for agenda item #5 regarding options for north coast MPAs are now available.
Use the links below to access those documents:
MLPA Initiative recommended options and sub-options for north coast MPAs
Updated DFG unresolved issues supplemental report

According to information released to KMUD News:
University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) will host a workshop onThursday, June 30 to update landowners and the general public about the status of sudden oak death in southern Humboldt County. Sudden oak death is a non-native tree disease that kills tanoaks, black oaks, and certain other oak species in California, Oregon, and Europe.

The workshop, which is scheduled for 4-6 pm at the Veterans’ Hall, 483 Conger Street, Garberville, will inform southern Humboldt residents about symptom identification, how to survey for the disease on their own property, possible disease impacts on area forests, and the results of past efforts to manage the disease in the north coast. Workshop participants will have the chance to collect symptoms and bring them to the workshop to be tested by the Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory at UC Berkeley. Additionally, the workshop will address where the pathogen that causes sudden oak death is currently known to be in the county as well as anticipated future spread. “Since the pathogen spreads rapidly in wet spring conditions, we may see increased tanoak mortality over the next couple of years,” said Yana Valachovic, Forest Advisor at UCCE. “We want to give landowners as much knowledge as possible so that the southern Humboldt community can be proactive about monitoring the disease on their properties and considering potential options for managing the disease to limit its impact.”
               
While all are welcome, those interested in submitting samples for testing are asked to pre-register by June 23 by calling UCCE  at (707) 445-7351 or emailing Chris Lee at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Those who pre-register will receive a sample collection kit in advance, so they can bring leaf samples to the training for identification and testing. Kits will also be available at the workshop.

UCCE is a collaboration between the University of California, Humboldt County, and the US Department of Agriculture that seeks to develop and deliver knowledge and practical information in agriculture, natural resources, and community development to improve the lives of Californians. As part of this mission, UCCE has been involved in researching and monitoring sudden oak death in the north coast since 2002.

For more information, call Chris Lee or Yana Valachovic at (707) 445-7351.

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