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Tippets: Saving the Yellowstone, Good News on Animas River, Norway’s Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture, Mining Fishout Programs

Posted on July 27 2016

  • Mike Penfold, a former Bureau of Land Management state director, has a plan to save the Yellowstone River: the Montana Recreation Waterway that would run along the river on public land, some of which is currently unrecognized. Read more about Penfold’s work via High Country News.
  • Wildlife officials say their testing shows that fish in the Animas River survived the mining wastewater spill last August with no evidence of die-offs.  “The spill drew attention to the thousands of abandoned mines throughout the West that may also pollute rivers.” Via CBS.
  • Ted Williams writes about how salmon farming in Norway is catching up to wild Atlantic salmon populations across the ocean. “Atlantic-salmon aquaculture in Norway is a catastrophe spreading around the globe like infectious salmon anemia.” Via Fly Rod & Reel.
  • Canada’s most remote northern territory, Nunavut, has given the go-ahead for Agnico Eagle Mines LTD to drain Phaser lake and relocate all of its fish. If given final approval by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, this “fishout program” will allow Agnico to expand its open pit gold mine. Via Vice.

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