Salmon hard to find at height of spawning |

Salmon hard to find at height of spawning

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) ” As salmon spawning season in San Joaquin Valley rivers approaches its peak, it seems the number of fish are dwindling.

Biologists say the that so far, fish counts have been very low — in some cases, a third of what they saw at this time last year.

Preliminary salmon counts also are showing fewer fish swimming up Northern Sierra Nevada rivers like the Sacramento, American and Feather.

Experts believe changing weather and water temperatures, including warmer water in the northern Pacific Ocean, could be behind the apparent decline.

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