Unsuccessful Salmon, Gardens in Quito, Absent Asian Carp, and a Hiatus on Biofuels

Lots of Nooze on this summer Monday!

First, from Beth Daly with The Boston Globe, a look at the unsuccessful outcome of a bid to reintroduce Atlantic salmon to the Northeast:

US bid to return salmon to Connecticut River ends

 

SUNDERLAND — The dream seemed tantalizingly within reach: restoring majestic Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River, where dams had blocked the waterway so completely the overfished population became extinct.

Now, almost 50 years and more than $25 million later, the federal government is giving up on restocking the river.

The coveted sport fish follow an intricate, circuitous life journey along the 407-mile long Connecticut. Born in tributaries, they swim to the ocean off Greenland before returning to that same tributary to spawn the next generation. Many of their most daunting foes — dams — are now equipped with fish ladders and lifts, allowing the easiest passage in centuries for the salmon.

But the fish confront a new nemesis: the changing ocean. So few Connecticut salmon today are surviving their arduous sea journey — a tenfold decline since the early 1990s — federal officials say they can no longer justify spending money to save them. This year, only 54 fish ­returned to the Connecticut River…. Read more.

A female salmon at the Sunderland Hatchery. (Photo by Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff)

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Sena Christian takes us to Ecuador with Earth Island Journal and finds that urban gardens can be a solution to rising food prices:

Quito Grown

Sarah McGee admires the structure, partially wrapped in mesh and sun-protective plastic, and smiles approvingly. “We made a wall,” she says. “It actually looks like a greenhouse now. It was a carcass for a week.”

For nearly two weeks this summer, McGee and a handful of fellow college students have constructed a greenhouse on the rooftop of an elementary school in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. McGee, a 19-year-old sophomore attending the University of California, Los Angeles, was born in the mountains of Japan and raised by hippies in the beach town of Santa Cruz. “I’ve always been interested in sustainable projects and how to make that work in Third World countries,” she says…. Read more.

College students help build a greenhouse on top of an elementary school in Quito. (Photo by Christian Velastegui)

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For those of you following the spread of Asian carp, John Flesher with the AP brings news about where the fish hasn’t been found… yet.

No Asian carp found in western Lake Erie

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. – No invasive bighead or silver carp turned up during a search of western Lake Erie, where the fish’s genetic fingerprints were detected in water samples taken a year ago, officials said Thursday.

Federal and state crews used electric stunning devices and gill nets this week to land a variety of fish in the Sandusky and Maumee rivers and the bays where they flow into Lake Erie. They caught common carp, largemouth bass, gizzard shad and other species — but no Asian carp… Read more.

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And finally, Peter Thomson with PRI’s The World talks about the effects widespread drought may have on biofuels:

In Face of Drought, UN Asks US to Suspend Biofuel Mandate

The United Nations has called on the US government to suspend its production of bio-fuel ethanol. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization says the continuing drought and heat wave across the United States – the worst in 50 years – is destroying much of the country’s corn crop. Under US law, 40 percent of the harvest must be used to make bio-fuel. But the UN says meeting the quota could contribute to a global food crisis. Jose Graziano da Silva, director general of the FAO, says suspension of the quota would allow more of the crop to be diverted for food production… Read and hear more.

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