Poor Klamath River water conditions, deadly parasite, prompts fish hatchery to delay salmon release
For the first time in its 55 year history, the Iron Gate fish hatchery, which raises salmon and steelhead, will not release its salmon smolts into the Klamath River this summer. Due to poor water conditions and an increase in a parasite called C. Shasta in the river, the hatchery, located in Hornbrook, California, will keep the tiny fish until fall. Now, the hatchery is dealing with the logistics of moving millions of fish to other facilities because they cannot accommodate all of the growing salmon.
- Siskiyou Daily News: For the first time in 60 years, Iron Gate won’t release salmon into Klamath due to drought
- The New York Times: California heat wave could kill all young salmon in Sacramento River
- Gizmodo: Heat isn’t the only thing that could kill ‘nearly all’ young salmon in the Sacramento River