Friday, April 2, 2010

Underlying Problems Remain for Sacramento Salmon

Over the last three years Chinook Salmon in the Sacramento have seen record low returns. Many commercial and sport fisheries on the west coast from the Oregon Coast to California depend on Chinook from the Sac, and poor returns have forced closures of fisheries up and down the coast. Now for the first time in three years, a salmon fishery will open in Montery Bay. Unfortunately many of the problems which have led to the collapse of the Sacramento persist, including huge withdrawls of water from the Sacramento Delta. The Delta provides critical habitat for juvenile salmon and many other native species and the situation in the Sacramento and indeed all along the California and Oregon Coast will not improve until conflicts between federally subsidized water withdrawls and salmon are resolved. See an editorial in the Santa Cruz Sentinel

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