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  • July 15, 2022
Two people in silhouette fishing in a river at day break with mountains in the background

CDFW is asking recreational anglers to begin “Hoot Owl” practices when fishing – voluntarily changing how, when and where they fish to minimize stress and mortality among fish populations suffering from drought conditions.

Categories: Drought, Fishing, Salmon, Trout, Wildlife Health
  • July 12, 2022
Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk in traditional, tribal attire is jointed by CDFW, USFWS, and NOAA Fisheries representatives on the shores of the McCloud River to return winter-run Chinook salmon eggs to the river.

The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, CDFW, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) celebrated the return of endangered winter-run Chinook salmon eggs to the McCloud River upstream of Shasta Reservoir for the first time since the construction of the Shasta Dam in the 1940s.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Salmon, Scientific Study
  • June 24, 2022
Male and female mallard ducks

CDFW has completed its 2022 waterfowl breeding population survey. The resulting data indicate the overall number of breeding ducks has decreased by 19 percent, including mallards that are the most abundant duck in the survey.

Categories: Drought, Scientific Study, Species, Waterfowl, Wildlife
  • June 17, 2022
Small salmon smolts jump and squirm in a dip net hovering over water in a harbor

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is nearing the completion of its efforts to transport 19.7 million hatchery-raised fall-run and 960,000 spring-run juvenile Chinook salmon (known as smolts) to the San Pablo Bay, San Francisco Bay and seaside net pens this spring and summer.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Salmon
  • May 9, 2022
Chinook salmon spawn in the Feather River.

California’s severe climate-driven drought is having a significant impact on the state’s water supply, but it’s also putting the state’s salmon population at serious risk. Managing California’s water needs during this water supply crisis means minimizing the impacts of drought and water management on the environment while meeting the health and safety needs of communities and supporting the economy and agriculture. DWR and CDFW are actively working to respond to drought and climate change impacts on native species and ecosystems.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Habitat Restoration, Hatcheries, Salmon
  • May 5, 2022
An adult, winter-run Chinook salmon is released into the cold waters of the North Fork Battle Creek.

State and federal biologists have begun moving endangered adult winter-run Chinook salmon to the upper reaches of Battle Creek and threatened spring-run Chinook salmon to Clear Creek in northern California, where colder water temperatures will better support spawning and help their eggs survive the continuing drought.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Habitat Restoration, Hatcheries, Salmon, Scientific Study
  • March 29, 2022

El Equipo del Oso de Interagencia del Lago Tahoe, una asociación entre el Departamento de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de California (CDFW), los Parques Estatales de California (CSP), el Departamento de Vida Silvestre de Nevada (NDW), la Agencia de Planificación Regional de Tahoe (TRPA), Y el Servicio Forestal del USDA (USFS), están pidiendo a todos los miembros de la comunidad que esperen un aumento de la actividad del oso después del incendio Caldor mientras los osos se preparan para salir de sus cuevas invernales.

Categories: Bears, Drought, Human Wildlife Conflict, Urban Wildlife
  • March 28, 2022
A wild, male ring-necked pheasant emerges from heavy cover at the Little Dry Creek Unit, Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area.

State legislation to incentivize the creation of upland nesting habitat for ducks and other ground-nesting game birds in California will result in a $10 surcharge on the price of both the California Duck Validation and the Upland Game Bird Validation next hunting season.

Categories: Drought, Habitat Restoration, Hunting, Lands, Licensing, Waterfowl, Wildlife
  • February 10, 2022
A close-up view of the head and front section of a Chinook salmon.

CDFW today announced that the Department of Water Resources (DWR) will receive $1.5 million in funding for the Juvenile Salmonid Collection System Pilot Project in the McCloud Arm of Shasta reservoir.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Grants, Habitat Restoration, Rare Species, Salmon, Scientific Study
  • February 4, 2022
An adult Coho salmon swims in a coastal river.

The California Fish and Game Commission has adopted emergency regulations allowing CDFW to extend low-flow related fishing restrictions on portions of the Smith, Eel and Russian rivers and a number of other coastal rivers and streams through April 30 if needed to protect runs of salmon and steelhead.

Categories: Drought, FGC, Fisheries, Fishing, Salmon

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