Decline in number of Chinook salmon concerns biologists |

Decline in number of Chinook salmon concerns biologists

MERCED, Calif. (AP) ” Biologists are concerned by a rapid decline in the number of Chinook salmon spawning in the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers this year.

The California Department of Fish and Game expects fewer than 500 salmon will spawn in the Merced River this year, down from 1,200 last year.

Chinook salmon typically spend several years in the ocean before returning to inland streams and rivers to spawn. One biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said this year’s low fish count could spell crisis for the population.

Scientists are exploring how loss of habitat, murky water conditions, low water flows, high temperatures and toxic algae are affecting the species.


Information from: Merced Sun-Star,

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