Saving Mokelumne River Salmon

December 6, 2006 By: Marshall Cutchin

When the U.S. Department of Commerce banned coastal salmon fishing because of the poor Klamath River runs this year, it opened eyes to the fact that salmon loss has a huge cost for the California economy. Accompanying this article about the multi-million-dollar restoration efforts on California’s Mokelumne River, a tributary of the San Joaquin and a key part of the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, is a decent primer on the lifecycle of anadromous salmon. “The Mokelumne now has between 5,000 and 16,000 returning salmon each year, with an out-migration of nearly 8 million. Since 1992, more local salmon have been returning since the drought reduced their numbers to about 150.” Rebecca Adler on LodiNews.com.