Monday, January 11, 2010

Sacramento Runs Remain at Record Low Levels


Numbers of Chinook returning to the Sacramento River Basin are expected to remain at record low levels for the third consecutive year. Most Chinook on the Sacramento system are of hatchery origin, and poor returns can largely be attributed to unfavorable ocean conditions, however many problems remain with irrigation withdrawls and other environmental impacts in the watershed. Commercial fisheries in California and Oregon target primarily Sacramento raising the possibility that they could once again be closed or extremely limited this year.

More information in an article from the Oregonian:
http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2010/01/poor_salmon_runs_in_california.html

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