The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has begun an effort to transplant 30 million salmon from five different hatcheries to waterways that are closer to the ocean. The goal of the program is to save salmon populations, which have become stranded as a result of the drought that has afflicted Northern California this past year.
The fish, which are mostly juvenile salmon with lengths between 3 and 4 inches, are being taken to the Sacramento River, near Rio Vista, California. Once they reach their destination, the fish are siphoned into the water through a hundred foot pipe.
The migrations from warmer waters to the cool ocean are part of the Chinook salmon's growth cycle. By not transporting them, wildlife officials ran the risk of leaving them all victims of predation.
To better understand how this program will actually affect fish, the USFWS tagged about 25 percent. The information from the tag will be used to track the fish for three to four years.
Not only is this all good news for salmon, the efforts are also being welcomed by the fishing community.
"For us in the sport and commercial salmon fishery industry, it means that we should see much better returns of adults in 2016, when these fish are fully grown," John McManus, the executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, told NPR. "We'll have something to harvest."
Drought not only affects fish, it also creates problems for boaters and anglers who will be using the waterways for their hobbies. Lower water levels put their water craft at risk of striking objects on the surface. This is why it is essential to have marine electronics on board, such as a transducer and fishfinder, which can be used to give a detailed picture of the water column underneath the boat. If you're looking to replace your depth reading instruments or install new ones, make sure that you shop with ePal, the leading source for marine equipment!