Larger salmon releases planned in Redding after fish die-off

Jan 28, 2015 1:01 PM by Associated Press

Officials plan to more than triple the number of endangered winter-run Chinook salmon released into the Sacramento River following a massive die-off last year.

The Redding Record-Searchlight reports that in February the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to release about 600,000 winter-run Chinook into the water below the Keswick Dam on the Sacramento River.

Agency Spokesman Steve Martarano says the first of three releases from the Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery is expected next week.

Warm water is to blame for killing off about 95 percent of the eggs and recently hatched fish released from the hatchery. The winter-run salmon rely on cool water for spawning.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Jordan Traverso says typically about 27 percent of the young salmon released from the hatchery survive. Estimates put survival last year at 5 percent.


Information from: Record Searchlight

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