Fish and Wildlife to discuss emergency fishing ban

Apr 6, 2015 3:43 PM by News Staff

In an effort to protect endangered Chinook salmon, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife may ban fishing on a stretch of the Sacramento River in Shasta County.

The CDFW will hold a public meeting Tuesday night on the proposed closure of the of 5.5 miles of the Sacramento River above the Highway 44 Bridge in Redding to Keswick Dam. CDFW officials say closing the stretch from April 27 to July 31 is necessary to protect the winter-run Chinook.

The public meeting will be held Tuesday, April 7, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Redding Public Library on Parkview Avenue.

According to the CDFW, an estimated 98 percent of the in-river spawning happens in the 5.5 mile stretch under consideration for closure and given the gravity of the situation, it is imperative that each fish be given maximum protection.

In 2014, approximately 95 percent of eggs and young winter-run chinook were lost due to elevated river temperatures. Given current drought conditions, it is likely the 2015-year eggs and young salmon will again be subject to extremely trying conditions.


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