Millions of six-month-old smolts are hitching rides in tanker trucks because California’s historic drought has depleted rivers and streams, making the annual migration to the ocean too dangerous for juvenile salmon.
Some of the first King Salmon of the Northern California commercial salmon fishing season were unloaded at San Francisco’s Pier 45 this week, but it wasn’t exactly a great opening.
Catching salmon should be easy this year, with more than a million adult king salmon estimated to be swimming off the Northern California coast, fishermen said.
Fisherman and boaters going in and out of Monterey Bay are being warned to be on the lookout for sea otters that may be hunting at the start of salmon season.
State and federal fishing officials are relocating salmon by the truckload from five Northern California hatcheries to help their migration to the ocean as drought conditions are expected to worsen.
State and wildlife officials have come up with a plan to move hatchery-raised salmon in tanker trucks down the Sacramento River if the river and its tributaries are too shallow because of the drought.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a water bill on Wednesday addressing California’s ongoing drought but the measure is likely to go no further because of a White House veto threat and opposition from the state’s Democratic Senators.
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Commercial salmon fishermen are heading to sea from San Francisco and other area ports in what is expected to be a strong fishing season.
After decades of watching California wetlands disappear as they were filled in for farming, conservation groups say they’re having success reversing some of the negative impacts on the sensitive salmon populations.