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Sun Jun 15, 2014, 11:09 PM

Salmon migrate by truck during California drought

Salmon migrate by truck during California drought
By Terence Chea, Associated Press | June 15, 2014 | Updated: June 15, 2014 12:43pm



MARE ISLAND, Calif. (AP) In drought-stricken California, young Chinook salmon are hitting the road, not the river, to get to the Pacific Ocean.

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.

"The drought conditions have caused lower flows in the rivers, warmer water temperatures, and the fish that would normally be swimming down the rivers would be very susceptible to predation and thermal stress," said Kari Burr, fishery biologist with the Fishery Foundation of California.

California has been trucking hatchery-raised salmon for years to bypass river dams and giant pumps that funnel water to Southern California and Central Valley farms.
But this year state and federal wildlife agencies are trucking nearly 27 million smolts, about 50 percent more than normal, because of the drought, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Each spring, the Coleman National Fish Hatchery usually releases about 12 million smolts into Battle Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River near Redding. But this year, it trucked 7.5 million of them to San Francisco Bay because the drought had made the 300-mile swim too perilous.

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http://www.chron.com/news/science/article/Salmon-migrate-by-truck-during-California-drought-5553778.php

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Mon Jun 16, 2014, 12:35 AM

1. Yup. We're really screwed here in N. CA. We're loosing almond trees

which are not just a big export crop, but what supplies about 40% of US chocolate manufacturers. And it takes a long f*^%#^^ time to replace a producing almond tree. And, okay, we get it, we can not plant broccoli for a few years, but if the salmon go extinct that's it, they're gone.

But broccoli growers are a political force here. They mostly don't notice that they have been co-opted by Rethug-corporate-farm talking points. They know that the big subsidies go to Iowa rethug corn and ADM, but they still somehow think that "farm subsidies" will someday apply to them. And they vote. A lot.

Off year elections, including the upcoming one, usually finds me in some central valley Purgatory, it's hot even approaching voting day, it's hard to walk precincts, and it's eating at Denny's, because you can get pancakes, eggs, and a kind of salad whenever. And a lot of these folks hate fish, it cuts into their livelihood. They think.

I'm girding up for whatever central valley district can either win or move the Overton window a bit. Unless Reno/Sparks has a viable candidate. Any suggestions about what to tel the average broccoli farmer?

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Mon Jun 16, 2014, 12:38 AM

2. Sorry, I lost my point. We're trying like the Devil to save salmon

but there are entrenched interests who say "fuck the salmon, I need to make a living here!"

They're not wrong, but what can we do?

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