Salmon are delicious. Whether thin-sliced for sushi or smoked on a bagel, the flaky fish makes a refreshing meal. Which is why it's very unfortunate to hear that the hatchlings are facing a huge problem this year. California's dire drought means that the little fishies can't swim from their birthplace on the Sacramento River to the Pacific Ocean, and fewer babies means less adult salmon to harvest for eating later. The state's Department of Fish and Game has come to the rescue and is making sure that Americans can keep enjoying the scrumptious fish.

The hatchlings are being loaded into trucks and transported about 200 miles from the Coleman National Fish Hatchery to an area closer to where the river meets the Pacific. It's the first time in two decades that it has been necessary to ship them like this, but predators would likely claim too large a number of the little salmon if they were released normally.

This undertaking still has some major potential complications attached to it. According to The Verge, it's possible the fish might not know they should swim back up the river when it comes time for them to spawn in three to four years. The department has tagged about a quarter of them to monitor how they do. Scroll down to watch a video of the salmon shipping effort.


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      tool0117
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why is this on Autoblog? This would be questionable on Autoblog Green... Perhaps someone using their website to promote their own environmentalist views...?
        tump
        • 8 Months Ago
        @tool0117
        Who cares what flyover state people think?
      MarkB
      • 9 Months Ago
      Very glad to know they are tagging the fish so they can determine whether they will be able to find their way back to their original hatching location. That was my initial question when I read this article. Mankind likes to imagine we can fix all the problems we (usually) create. I have my doubts on this, but am glad we'll find out whether the concept will work under these difficult circumstances.
      • 9 Months Ago
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      djparker
      • 9 Months Ago
      Yes, the drought in California has wreaked havock on the Salmon Fisherie. It should also be noted, that the Sacramento River Watershed was NEVER intended to provide Irrigation Water to the Central Valley and the farmlands in Southern California. So , this Herculanean effort to save the Salmon goes on, in major part due to Man's interference with Nature The rich farmers to the South need to find other water to make their Billions$$$$ and leaveMother Nature and the Salmon alone. If the Creator wanted a River from the Delta to the South he would have put one there.
        Jake
        • 8 Months Ago
        @djparker
        Since humans are also a product of nature, perhaps the salmon need to find other water and leave mother nature alone.
      Wai
      • 9 Months Ago
      Fishblog
      summazooma
      • 9 Months Ago
      Slow automotive day, I guess... unless there are Barracuda involved
      Jared Westfall
      • 9 Months Ago
      We are the Department of Fish and Wildlife officially. The equipment still has the old logos because we won't change them until the equipment is replaced to save money.
        Basil Exposition
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jared Westfall
        "The equipment still has the old logos because we won't change them until the equipment is replaced to save money." Whoever in your department made this decision deserves a promotion, or at least a commendation. These days every little bit saved counts and to change the logos would be quite wasteful.
      iliayana
      • 9 Months Ago
      so what about the natural predators that depend on the fish run they just starve once again man trying to fix nature
      Christopher Brown
      • 9 Months Ago
      Strange.. but so what? Most of THAT Salmon comes from North Attleboro, MA in a very little known Salmon hatchery, biggest in the world. If they die they get shipped from there to Cali under a federal program that has been established for decades.
      gtv4rudy
      • 9 Months Ago
      This story is very fishy to me to be on Autoblog of all places.
        WheelMcCoy
        • 8 Months Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        So many front ends have a fish-maw design. It's nice to see them on real fish for a change. Also, I see trucks in the video. They drove 200 miles... I'm sure there's some 0-60 times or skid pad numbers in the video somewhere. :) It's ok Autoblog. I enjoyed the video; it deepened my appreciation for the draught and its impact on salmon, and made me hungry for lunch.
      Kencana Sriwijaya
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well, at least provide some details about the truck make/model they are using to transport these salmon for it to be "vaguely" related to automotive. Also, there may be a "sequel" to this story where part deux highlights how the same trucks have to pick up the adult fish and bring them back to the hatchery coz they got "lost".
      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 8 Months Ago
      Officially top 5 most poorly written and conceived articles on AUTOBLOG!
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