POTTER VALLEY (AP) — State wildlife officials say a threatened species of salmon has completed its fall run to a Mendocino County dam in record numbers.

Department of Fish and Game biologist Scott Harris tells the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa that more than 2,300 chinook salmon have reached the Van Arsdale dam on the Eel River.

That number is up from just 500 salmon last year, and is the highest since the department began tracking chinook salmon runs in 1945.

California’s salmon population has declined dramatically in recent years, prompting a ban on commercial fishing the past two seasons.

Fish and Game spokesman Harry Morse says salmon counts in the Sacramento River system are not yet complete. The river provides much of the fish found off the California and Oregon coasts.

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Comments (2)
  1. Saundra Allman says:

    Chinook Salmon are running good in Humboldt and Del Norte County too. The Eel River, Smith River, Mad River, and Trinity rivers are so beautiful. Living in Humboldt County be near all beautiful rural rugged country rivers, mountains, majestic rugged Pacific Ocean coast line. Crab season is on here in Humboldt County and Del Norte County. Recent news article also reports this may be a great crab season. Enjoy the beauty of the Eel River driving 101 North to Humboldt County. Enjoy driving through the beautiful redwoods through the “Avenue of the Giants”, just breathtaking and gorgeous. See also : http://www.2911SandPointeDrive.com Living in Humboldt County and enjoying rural country beauty and recreation of kayaking, canooing, and river rafting. Gorgeous Mountains, rivers, and ocean.Smith river, Mad River, Eel River, and the Trinity River and more! God Bless your New Year to everyone in 2011.

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