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Breeding bugs to feed the salmon around Northern California

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - Scientists at UC Davis have come up with a new way to save the salmon population in Northern California.

Posted: Mar. 9, 2018 4:39 PM

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - Scientists at UC Davis have come up with a new way to save the salmon population in Northern California.

The fish are often cut off from their traditional food source of bugs, which are mostly in the rice fields.

Researchers want local farmers to harvest "water fleas" in rice fields, this mimics floodplains where salmon traditionally went to get their "fish food.”

The bugs reproduce by the millions and the fish food then flows into the river, where salmon can feed.

Scientists say that so far, the results have been impressive.

“They're robust, they're strong, they have shoulders and a belly, they've packed their lunch, they're ready for that long journey to the ocean and they have a much better likelihood of surviving,” said Jacob Kratz.

Thus far, a handful of farmers have opened up their rice fields to grow bugs.

The goal is to have the movement spread throughout the state.

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