Report: Most California Native Fish Gone In a Century

November 21, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

A new study commissioned by San Francisco-based fish and watershed advocacy group California Trout says that two-thirds of the state’s native salmon, steelhead and trout may be gone in one hundred years. “‘They are all in serious danger of extinction,’ said Peter Moyle, a University of California at Davis ecology professor who wrote the 350-page report. In danger of extinction in the north state are redband trout on the McCloud River; coho and spring chinook salmon on the Klamath River; and winter, spring and late-fall run chinook, as well as the Central Valley steelhead, on the Sacramento River.” Dylan Darling on Redding.com.
In a related story, a deal was struck yesterday between the state of California and two environmental groups to severely limit the stocking of hatchery-raised fish. “The deal prohibits stocking where 16 native fish species and nine frog species are found. It allows stocking programs in all large reservoirs and smaller ones not connected to rivers.” Samantha Young for the Associated Press.