Salmon trucked to ocean?
Drought conditions could force hatcheries to ship young salmon to Pacific
If drought conditions in California persist, millions of young hatchery-raised salmon could be transported to the ocean via tanker trucks rather than swimming down the Sacramento River.
According to The Sacramento Bee, state and federal wildlife officials recently announced a plan to haul the salmon on a nearly three-hour drive from Red Bluff to San Pablo Bay, near Vallejo, if the Sacramento River and its tributaries become too shallow and warm to sustain salmon. The salmon would be held in floating net pens as they acclimate to new salinity and temperature conditions before being released into the Pacific.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is adopting similar plans for its hatcheries along the Feather, American and Mokelumne rivers.