Crews recognized for creative engineering to save salmon

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  In this photo from early march, Department of Fish and Wildlife technician David Lunsford shows the system which combines domestic water with river water that was used to save thousands of fish during the Oroville Dam spillway emergency. The effort was recognized Sunday with certificates from the Assembly and fisheries groups. Bill Husa —… Continue reading

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Celebrating the Recovery of Spring-run Salmon on Butte Creek

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Today, partners in a two decade-old effort to benefit spring-run Chinook salmon gathered on the banks of Butte Creek to celebrate the program’s enduring success.  Headlining the event this morning was Bruce Babbitt, who was Department of Interior Secretary in the late 1990s and participated in a similar ceremony twenty years ago to initiate the… Continue reading

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Salmonid Survival in California: An Ambitious Strategy for Resilience

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  California’s cold-water species like salmon and trout face an uncertain future in a warming world. A recent report by the University of California, Davis and California Trout called SOS II: Fish in Hot Water: Status, Threats and Solutions for California Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout, suggests that nearly half (47 percent) of the state’s 32… Continue reading

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Sacramento Valley Salmon Resiliency Strategy  June 2017

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The California Natural Resources Agency has released a plan to protect some of the state’s native fish species. The Sacramento Valley Salmon Resiliency Strategy outlines actions designed to reduce risks to salmon and steelhead at different stages of their migratory lives. Details are available in this news release. Obtain a Copy: Sacramento Valley Salmon Resiliency… Continue reading

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Poor Predictions: The 2017 Salmon Season Forecast

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We previously detailed the findings of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) in their review of the 2016 salmon fishery­­. The abundance of salmon notably declined in 2016, leading to reductions in sport and commercial fishing catch, as well as fewer fish returning to rivers. Each year in February, after summarizing the previous year’s conditions,… Continue reading

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Sacramento River Between Keswick Dam and the Highway 44 Bridge Closed to Fishing

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Regulations went into effect as of May 26, 2017 to close a 5.5 mile stretch of the Sacramento River to all fishing, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced. An emergency regulation had expired on Mar. 30, 2017, but was made permanent upon adoption of the Fish and Game Commission and filing with… Continue reading

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Fish wrap: Fort Baker strategy has potential to help salmon

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These eight trucks were used to deliver the 1.25 million salmon smolts to Fort Baker, where they were released.Courtesy of Jim Anderson Baby salmon from Central Valley hatcheries are released into the bay at Fort Baker in May.Courtesy of Jim Anderson           On Monday, three Sausalito party boats carrying 55 fishermen… Continue reading

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