Lousy deal for wild salmon
Researchers announced new evidence last week that increasing densities of salmon farms are driving nearby wild salmon runs to extinction.
The problem is sea lice, a natural parasite that normally attaches to adult salmon with little ill effect and has little contact with vulnerable juvenile salmon. All that changes, however, when fish farms move in.
The study, published in the journal Science, shows sea lice infestations around salmon farms in British Columbia’s Broughton Archipelago have reached a density so high they are killing juvenile wild pink salmon at a rate fast enough to drive local runs to extinction in eight years if nothing is done – and four years have passed since the problem was documented.
Sign up for Nordic Kids
Kids ranging from 5 to 15 years old are registering for a parent-driven winter ski program at Mount Spokane that’s been putting youngsters in the right track on cross country skis for more than two decades.
Nordic Kids, sponsored by the Spokane Nordic Ski Education Foundation, starts Jan. 5 and meets most Saturdays at noon at Selkirk Lodge through Feb. 23.
Kids are placed in groups by age to progress through cross country skiing skills, with an emphasis on fun.
Preregister early; program size is limited. Contact Tom or Dawn Schaaf, (509) 838-3215, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eagles, whales in spotlight
Volunteers are staffing stations with spotting scopes and expertise to help the public view two classic Northwest winter wildlife viewing events Dec. 26-Jan. 1:
Eagle Watch Week in Wolf Lodge Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., to see bald eagles congregating to feast on spawning kokanee.
Info: www.id.blm.gov. Click on CdA Field Office, then click on Eagle Watch Week.
Winter Whale Watch Week along the Oregon Coast, to see migrating gray whales as they head south to the Baja lagoons of Mexico.
Best fishing times
Lunar tables from the U.S. Naval Observatory. Be fishing at least one hour before and one hour after peak times. Applies to all time zones.
(* indicates best days.)
Through Dec. 30
– 12:30 p.m.
12:20 a.m., 12:50 p.m.
1:20 a.m., 1:50 p.m.
2:20 a.m., 2:50 p.m.
3:20 a.m., 3:40 p.m.
4 a.m., 4:20 p.m.
4:45 a.m., 5:05 p.m.
5:25 a.m., 5:45 p.m.
See the Hunting-Fishing Report every Friday in Sports