Calif. Salmon Hitch a Ride to Ocean Amid Drought

Sunday, Apr 27, 2014  |  Updated 4:27 AM PDT
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Calif. Salmon Hitch a Ride to Ocean Amid Drought

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RIO VISTA, CA - MARCH 25: California Department of Fish and Game workers monitor a pipe as they release fingerling Chinook salmon into the Sacramento River on March 25, 2014 in Rio Vista, California. As California continues to suffer through its worse drought in history, low water levels on the Sacramento River have forced wildlife officials to truck more than 400,000 fingerling Chinook salmon from the Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Anderson to the Sacramento River in Rio Vista, a nearly 300 mile journey. The fish usually make the trip on their own but would risk be targets of predator fish.

Northern California is engaged in a massive, spring-long mission to vacuum 30 million baby salmon from five inland hatcheries and haul them, in trucks to the coast, NBC News reported. Wildlife workers will transport the fish in climate-controlled tanker trucks that carry about 130,000 fish apiece. “If we didn’t do this,” said Andrew Hughan, spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife., “there wouldn’t be any fish and there wouldn’t be any fishing industry.”

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