Salmon have returned to the East Bay’s water source in record numbers. What does it mean?
… Last week, the East Bay Municipal Utility District announced a record-breaking fall salmon run in the Mokelumne River … According to EBMUD, over 20,000 salmon have already returned to spawn in the river this year, a figure not seen in 80 years of record-keeping. … Yet salmon observers across the state say the record-breaking numbers are unlikely to be a step toward large, more sustainable salmon populations. Instead, the salmon in the Mokelumne this year could just be the fleeting appearance of progress in developed, modern river systems that don’t prioritize the fish’s success.
- California Fisheries Blog: Why does the Mokelumne River hatchery have a record salmon run this fall 2023 when runs at the Battle Creek (Coleman) fish hatchery are at record lows?
- Daily Kos: Fishery disaster determinations announced as main stem Sacramento River sees dismal salmon returns
- ABC 10 – Sacramento: Migrating salmon dying in north Stockton creek