2nd disastrous drought year for endangered California salmon

Feb 1, 2016 6:57 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An endangered native salmon has suffered a second disastrous year in California's drought.

Fisheries officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday that just 3 percent of the latest generation of winter-run Chinook salmon survived last year. That's even worse than the 5 percent survival rate for the juvenile salmon the year before and more than 10 times worse than just before the drought.

NOAA fisheries assistant regional administrator Maria Rea said authorities were unable to keep enough water flowing out of Shasta Lake to keep temperatures cool enough for the salmon. The issue is a hot one in the state, with farmers and their supporters regularly disputing with fishermen and environmental groups over fair shares of water allocation.

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