March 3, 2009 The Pump Handle 0Comment

As I skimmed through my RSS feeds and Above the Fold this morning, I noticed several stories about fish and the marine environment. Most of it’s bad news, as usual, but there’s a glimmer of promise mixed in there, too:

Researchers from NOAA and Washington State University have found that some combinations of pesticides often present in Pacific Salmon’s freshwater habitat are more lethal than higher concentrations of single chemicals. (EHP study here; AP article here)

An Oceana study reports that several types of small fish are being overfished and suffering the effects of climate change; their decline also threatens the larger species that rely on these smaller prey for food. (Oceana study here; SF Chronicle article here)

Olga Naidenko at Enviroblog gives an overview of the challenges the oceans face and highlights the Blue Vision Summit, which will be addressing ocean issues next week in DC.

Scott Harper reports in the Virginian-Pilot that the Farm Bill gives Virginia $7 million to assist farmers with practices that will reduce damaging nutrient runoff into the Chesapeake Bay.

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