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Sizzling Temps Cook All But 2% of Juvenile Salmon in Sacramento River



Nearly an entire run of juvenile winter-run Chinook salmon cooked in the Sacramento River this past summer, (Shutterstock)
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Just 2% of winter-run Chinook juvenile salmon likely survived the summer in the Sacramento River because of high water temperatures, Nick Cahill of Courthouse News reports.

“The current drought situation is likely to produce very bad returns of fish 3-4 years from now and if we keep having these incredibly bad years, we will not dig out of our population decline,” said Chuck Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. “We’ve got to accept that reality.”

The state is trying to save the salmon fishery amid climate change by trucking them from hatcheries to the ocean.

Read more at Courthouse News.


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