Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


Threatened green sturgeon rescued, returned to Sacramento river
by CDFW, MARCH 22, 2017
Sacramento River

Biologists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently saved a Sacramento River green sturgeon trapped in the Fremont Weir. The five-and-a-half-foot long fish was stranded in the nearly two-mile-long concrete weir when Sacramento River floodwaters receded. Sturgeon in this area are migrating up the Sacramento River to spawn above Red Bluff. Sacramento River Green Sturgeon were listed as...
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Young artists and future biologists are invited to enter this year’s California Invasive Species Art Contest, sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). This year’s theme is “Don’t Let it Loose!” Youths in grades 2 through 12 are eligible to enter. Entries should depict invasive species that might be released into California’s waters, parks and wildlands, along with...
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Coyote death linked to rodenticides
by CDFW, MARCH 21, 2017

The carcass of a young and otherwise healthy coyote found in a San Francisco park has tested positive for four different types of rat poison – all of which are illegal for non-professional use in California. The body of the female coyote was found in Douglass Park in February. Lab test results, recently received by WildCare, prove that the coyote’s death...
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released one million state and federally listed threatened spring-run Chinook salmon into the Feather River on Monday, March 20. These were the first fish to be released that were evacuated from the Feather River Hatchery in Oroville on...
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Releases from Lake Oroville continue
by Department of Water Resources, MARCH 20, 2017
Lake Oroville

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) continues to operate the flood control spillway and Hyatt Powerplant to manage outflows from Lake Oroville. DWR resumed operation of the flood control spillway at 11 a.m. Friday, March 17. Outflows from the spillway are approximately 40,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Flows from Hyatt Powerplant are around 6,750 cfs. Boaters on Lake Oroville are advised...
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The Benefits of Terminal Fisheries
by Erin Loury, FISHBIO, MARCH 20, 2017

California's hatcheries have released approximately 2 billion Central Valley fall-run Chinook salmon into the state's waterways since the construction of the first modern fish hatchery in 1942. As of today, more than 90 percent of the California's ocean population of salmon originated in hatcheries (Barnett-Johnson et al. 2007). This massive production of fish has ensured that the fall-run salmon fishery remains relatively...
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