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Biologists: Salmon numbers declining in San Joaquin River

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) ” Biologists are reporting a rapid decline in the number of salmon returning to spawn in the San Joaquin River and its tributaries.

The environmental consulting firm FishBio says just 1,158 adult salmon came back to spawn last year, compared with 5,672 fish in 2006.

Since 2000, salmon counts on the Stanislaus River have dropped from 8,498 fish to just 405 fish last year.



Experts are still trying to understand what is causing the salmon decline. The Department of Fish and Game reported last week that populations of delta smelt, longfin smelt and striped bass are also dwindling.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.


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