First time since the construction of Shasta Dam in the 1940s

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First time since the construction of Shasta Dam in the 1940s

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From California Department of Fish and Wildlife
For the first time since the construction of Shasta Dam in the 1940s, Chinook salmon are swimming once again in the McCloud River. Beginning Sept. 4, CDFW, joined by members of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, began releasing endangered, winter-run Chinook salmon fry from an incubation system at the AhDiNa Campground into the McCloud’s cold waters, the fish’s historic spawning and rearing grounds until construction of Shasta Dam blocked their access. A few days later on Sept. 7, the salmon fry – less than an inch in length – began showing up 20 miles downstream in two rotary screw traps. Since then, almost 500 salmon fry have been collected in the traps and transported to the Sacramento River and released to begin their journey to the Pacific Ocean. The historic effort is a joint undertaking among CDFW, the Winnemem Wintu, NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to see another generation of the endangered species through California’s lingering drought. The effort started when 20,000 winter-run Chinook salmon eggs were moved in July from the Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery to incubate in the McCloud River. Approximately 15,000 salmon fry have been released into the river so far. A second group of 20,000 winter-run Chinook salmon eggs are still incubating and are expected to hatch in October. Although a short-term drought action, the effort is intended to inform the long-term goal of reintroducing winter-run Chinook salmon to the McCloud River on a permanent basis to help the species become more climate resilient.
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