Chinook Salmon population crashes in Sacramento River

Ninety thousand fish showed up last year, a meagre remnant of the population. The commercial salmon fishing season was cancelled for U.S. fisherfolk But who knows what’s going on in international waters? Trawling and other forms of deep-sea fishing have probably taken their toll. A mere 60,000 fish are expected back this year.

Thirty years ago there were several thousand salmon boats in California. More recently, as the fish became scarce, only a few hundred worked the coast. Then salmon populations crashed, and this year for the first time U.S. officials canceled all ocean salmon fishing off California and most of Oregon, and curtailed it off Washington….

The sudden decline of California’s chinooks, most of which originate in the Sacramento River, has shaken scientists as well as fishermen. Typically several hundred thousand adult fish return from the sea to the river in the fall. Last autumn, only about 90,000 made it back, and fewer than 60,000 are expected this year, which would be the lowest number on record….

The sudden decline of California’s chinooks, most of which originate in the Sacramento River, has shaken scientists as well as fishermen. Typically several hundred thousand adult fish return from the sea to the river in the fall. Last autumn, only about 90,000 made it back, and fewer than 60,000 are expected this year, which would be the lowest number on record.

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2 Responses to “Chinook Salmon population crashes in Sacramento River”

  1. Snohomish River Salmon Run Fails – Fluoride Connection | GET THE LEAD OUT OF OUR DRINKING WATER Says:

    […] 2008 there was a total collapse of salmon runs on the Sacramento River. It hit statewide news like a bombshell. The entire […]

    • monado Says:

      Everett began fluoridating its municipal water supply in 1992. Why didn’t the salmon population crash until 26 years later? Why hasn’t it crashed in other places that discharge fluoridated water into salmon rivers? It sounds as if other factors are more important.


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