193,000 winter Chinook salmon to be released in Redding tonight

Feb 10, 2014 1:15 PM

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has advised they will be releasing approximately 193,000 winter Chinook salmon into the Sacramento River tonight at the Caldwell Park boat launch in Redding. The fish were reared at Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery in Shasta City.

According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, releases are generally timed to coincide with periods of rainfall. Luckily for these salmon, they received just that with the storm which soaked the North State over the weekend. The recent rainfall should increase the flow and turbidity of the river, enhancing the salmon’s chances of survival as they make their way to the ocean.

Hatchery staff will be releasing the fish at dust, roughly between 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. tonight.

The fish will be monitored by hatchery staff as they make their journey down to the Delta, which should take approximately three to five weeks for the strongest swimmers to reach Knight’s Landing and about a month before they begin registering in the Sacramento River surveys or Delta Cross Channel Gates. Hatchery staff have also tagged nearly 300 of these fish with acoustic tags. Acoustic tags have also been installed at the previously mentioned gates which will signal when the fish have arrived.

The hatchery produces on average 200,000 Chinook salmon annually, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


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