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California Fish & Game Commission suspends license of charter boat operator for poaching in MPA area

By Dan Bacher | February 21, 2018 | 

The California Fish and Game Commission on February 7 ordered a five-year suspension of the license of Pacific Star Sportfishing, Inc., a recreational sportfishing vessel operator, for fishing in the “marine protected area” network created under the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative and other violations.
They made the decision following oral arguments heard at the Commission meeting in Sacramento.
In an undercover operation and subsequent boarding by officers in 2013, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wildlife officers observed 18 violations including poaching within California’s marine protected area (MPA) network, exceeding the possession limits of several fish species, using illegal methods to take fish and failing to report accurate counts on logbooks. ... Read More

Ambitious Global Virome Project could mark end of pandemic era

Rather than wait for viruses like Ebola, SARS and Zika to become outbreaks that force the world to react, a new global initiative seeks to proactively identify, prepare for and stop viral threats before they become pandemics.

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When Every Fish Counts

Genetic tools can be a powerful complement to visual identification of endangered fish, indicates a study from the University of California, Davis.





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Big court victory: 10-year California water transfer program failed analysis and disclosure

By Dan Bacher | February 20, 2018 |

On February 15, Federal District Court Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill in Fresno issued an order supporting many of the claims made by AquAlliance and their co-plaintiff partners in a landmark lawsuit challenging water transfers from rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley to growers in the San Joaquin Valley.
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UC Davis symposium explores future of tea


University of California, Davis, will hold its third annual symposium bringing industry experts, farmers and scholars together to talk about the the growing, distribution and culture of tea throughout the world. Topics including “Yes we CAn! Tea Farming in California,” “From Soil to Cup,” and “Sustaining Societies and Preserving Lost Cultures.” Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world other than water. About four in five of all people worldwide drink tea, according to UC Davis tea scholars.  

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Westmoreland withdraws from congressional race, Bera now faces two republicans

Brad Westmoreland. | February 15, 2018 | 
In an announcement made on social media, Brad Westmoreland has withdrawn from the primary race for California's 7th Congressional District. Westmoreland was challenging fellow Democrat and incumbent Dr. Ami Bera, taking a more progressive stance on a host of issues.
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Sacramento property owner fails to make court-ordered repairs, gets thrown in jail

February 16, 2018 |

A property owner who failed to make court-ordered repairs has been taken into custody on Wednesday, February 14 and is being held at the Sacramento County Jail. 
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Young Sacramento talent search

The Sacramento Kings and First 5 California are looking for singers under 5-years-old to determine who is Sacramento's most talented youn... Read More

Simple seafood solutions for Lent


(Family Features) With people across the country observing Lent, a religious tradition observed during the 40 days before Easter, it’s time to rethink the standard family meal menu.
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Alan Alda Workshop: Connect to Communicate

“Hi, I’m Alan Alda. I’m a world-famous actor.”

He didn’t really need to introduce himself. Alda has starred in movies and television (perhaps most famously as Capt. Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce in M.A.S.H.), and hosted Scientific American Frontiers on PBS for 11 yearsAfter interviewing hundreds of scientists, he wondered, what if we taught improvisation to scientists to help them connect to their audiences?

That’s now the focus of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, headquartered at Stony Brook University in New York. ... Read More