The EPA today finalized an agreement to restore no-spray buffer zones around waterways to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead from five toxic pesticides. Turtle Island Restoration Network and a coalition of conservation organizations, advocates for alternatives to pesticides, and fishing groups cheered the victory. These groups brought a lawsuit to demand reasonable fish protections from the insecticides, some of which are derived from nerve toxins developed during World War II.
Silky sharks are among the most heavily fished sharks in the Eastern Pacific. At least two of our silky sharks have been landed by fishers, although on both occasions it was not possible to determine whether they had been caught inside protected waters or once they had migrated out into the open ocean.
The Olema-based Turtle Island Restoration Network hopes to reinstate a National Marine Fisheries Service rule designed to protect endangered sperm whales from mile-long drift gillnets in ocean waters off California, which are intended to catch swordfish.
We are excited to introduce SPAWN’s newest salmonid habitat restoration intern, Kim Horrell. Kim grew up in San Diego, and went to the University of California, Santa Cruz where she majored in anthropology and environmental studies, and studied abroad in Italy and Nepal.
Turtle Island Restoration Network and conservation groups today announced plans to file a lawsuit to reinstate rules designed to protect endangered sperm whales from deadly, mile-long drift gillnets in ocean waters off California.
The San Geronimo Golf Course Bank Stabilization Project kicked off this month with the help of contractors, 15 volunteers, and SPAWN interns and staff. First, contractors widened the steep banks that lined the incised creek channel to promote a more natural floodplain environment and better transport sediment including important spawning gravel for native endangered coho salmon.