California officials pull plug on Bodega Bay salmon release
BODEGA, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided not to release a quarter-million Chinook salmon into the Bodega Bay.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported (http://bit.ly/2prTcMb ) Monday that the plan had come to a halt because the salmon’s potential impact on other fish could not be determined.
The decision to cancel the project came just weeks before the planned release, providing what commercial and recreational fishing interests hoped would be a boost to fishery stocks when the juvenile smolts matured in three years.
The fish were to have been taken directly from the Mokelumne River Hatchery to Bodega Bay.
A salmon restoration group wrote the fish could have increased “the extinction risk of the nearby wild and endangered Coho salmon and threatened steelhead.”
Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com