Federal officials have released water reserves to combat the growing threat from a drought-fed parasite that a fisheries spokesman called the “Ebola” of salmon and which could result in a “die-off” to the state’s fragile salmon population.
North Coast fishermen are optimistic that they’ll emerge from the tough economic times they experienced during the last few years now that salmon projections have come back very positive.
Just days after vandals released 40,000 juvenile Chinook salmon into the San Francisco Bay, the remaining 20,000 young fish were released from their pens at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies over the weekend.
Forty thousand juvenile Chinook salmon, some raised by high school students, entered San Francisco Bay when their holding pens in Tiburon were vandalized this week.
California’s commercial salmon fishermen will benefit from the first full season in years after federal fisheries regulators estimated a healthy Chinook salmon run this fall.
State wildlife officials say a threatened species of salmon has completed its fall run to a Mendocino County dam in record numbers.
Members of Congress, fishermen and scientists are gathering in Half Moon Bay to discuss ways to restore California’s once-abundant salmon runs.