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2022-2024 News Releases

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  • November 29, 2023
A sign set against a mountainous backdrop, welcomes visitors to the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery.

After years of discussion, CDFW will transfer 40-plus acres of the historic Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery in Inyo County to the Fort Independence Indian Community which is recognized as one distinct separate tribal government of the four Owens Valley Paiute Tribes.

Categories: Fisheries, Hatcheries, Lands, WCB
  • October 11, 2023
Two CDFW biologists net yearling spring-run Chinook salmon in Deer Creek, Tehama County.

CDFW and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries biologists are pursuing urgent measures this fall to save some of the last remaining Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon after the numbers returning from the ocean this year fell sharply toward extinction.

Categories: Hatcheries, Rare Species, Salmon, Species
  • August 23, 2023
Salmon smolt release into San Francisco Bay in the evening.

CDFW has completed the release of approximately 23 million fall-run Chinook salmon raised at its four Central Valley anadromous fish hatcheries, the Feather River Fish Hatchery, the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery and the Merced River Hatchery.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Salmon, Scientific Study
  • April 26, 2023
Crowley Lake, covered in snow,  April 11

While the eastern Sierra trout season opener is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, the record snowpack of 2023 will be a major factor on which lakes and streams are accessible.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Trout
  • December 16, 2022
A Feather River Fish Hatchery employee checks trays of fertilized Chinook salmon eggs as they incubate within the hatchery.

CDFW and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) have announced that the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Oroville will increase its production of fall-run Chinook salmon in 2023 to approximately 9.5 million fish to combat the impacts of drought and a thiamine deficiency affecting natural spawning and in-river production.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Salmon

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