California trucks salmon to Pacific; low river levels blamed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California officers will once more truck thousands and thousands of younger salmon raised at fish hatcheries within the state’s Central Valley agricultural area to the Pacific Ocean as a result of projected river circumstances present that the waterways the fish use to journey downstream will likely be traditionally low and heat due to rising drought.

Officials introduced the huge trucking operation on Wednesday, saying the hassle is geared toward guaranteeing “the highest level of survival for the young salmon on their hazardous journey to the Pacific Ocean.”

“Trucking young salmon to downstream release sites has proven to be one of the best ways to increase survival to the ocean during dry conditions,” Jason Julienne, North Central Region Hatchery Supervisor mentioned in a press release.

California is now in its second year of drought after a winter with little precipitation and it’s the state’s fourth-driest year on report, particularly within the northern two-thirds of the state, in accordance to the California Department of Water Resources.

Illustrating the state’s threat of drought, report low reservoir levels led Gov. Gavin Newsom final week to proclaim a regional drought emergency for the Russian River watershed in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

More than 16.8 million younger salmon from 4 Central Valley hatcheries will likely be trucked to coastal websites across the San Pablo, San Francisco, Half Moon and Monterey bays.

It will take about 146 truckloads to get the fish transported from

Getting the fish transported means taking about 146 truckloads to the Pacific Ocean from 4 state hatcheries and federal officers will do the identical from one hatchery, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

California’s iconic native Chinook Salmon want chilly water to survive however dams have blocked their historic retreats to the chilly higher reaches of Northern California’s Sacramento River tributaries.

The fishing business and Central Valley farmers are in a continuing wrestle over the identical river water to maintain their livelihoods, with fish supporters lobbying for greater river water levels and farmers towards it in order that to allow them to draw water to irrigate crops.

John McManus, president of the Golden State Salmon Association, which advocates for fishers, instructed the Chronicle he appreciates the additional effort to save the fall-run chinook amid the drought.

But he mentioned the underlying downside for salmon is that state and federal water officers have allowed an excessive amount of water to be pulled from rivers and creeks for agricultural irrigation.

“These river conditions are made worse by decisions that put salmon last,” he instructed the San Francisco Chronicle.

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