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CA’s Salmon Fall Run Shows Improvement

February 7, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The salmon are returning to the Golden State. New numbers from the California Department of Fish and Game are giving both recreational and commercial fishermen hope for a fishing season this year. Last fall, 163,000 Chinook salmon returned to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which is more than in any of the three previous years.

Marc Gorelnik, board member of the Coastside Fishing Club, says that while the numbers are good for the fall salmon run, improvement is needed for the spring and winter runs that out-migrate naturally through the delta.

"The fall run, a large number of those juvenile fish are trucked around the delta. The fact that the fall run is recovering suggests more the trucking is helping, but it reinforces the notion that the Delta remains a serious problem."

Gorelnik calls the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta a death trap. He says as the largest estuary on the West Coast, it's a vital environment for salmon and other species.

"The solution is to continue to fight for responsible water policies in California so that these fish will have sufficient reproductive success."

In 2002, 750,000 Chinook returned to the rivers, compared to a record low of 39,500 in 2009.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is the federal agency that meets in March to make their recommendations for the length of this year's fishing season.

Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA