How do you ensure that more adult salmon end up in Northern California waters? Just ask the fine folks at the Fishery Foundation of California who have had our back with their net pen acclimation program.
I took a ride with Trevor Kennedy, Kari Burr and James Walker of the FFC on Wednesday as they took a load of approximately a half a million Chinook salmon smolt from the Feather River Hatchery, acclimated them and then released them into the bay near Carquinez Straits. Thanks to this cooperative effort between The Fishery Foundation and CDFW, salmon survival has shown to be 400 percent higher than just straight dumping them into the water.
Rather than tell you about it, watch the video. Very, very cool stuff!!!