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2022-2024 News Releases

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  • April 5, 2024
Chinook salmon swim underwater in the American River.

On April 6, 2023, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) acted unanimously to recommend a full closure of California’s 2023 commercial and recreational ocean salmon seasons due to extremely low population estimates for Sacramento and Klamath river fall Chinook salmon. Within hours of the recommendation, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his administration’s request for a federal fishery disaster declaration to support impacted communities.

Categories: Fisheries, Marine, Salmon
  • March 13, 2024
Underwater photograph of Chinook salmon in the American River

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) has produced three options for ocean salmon seasons beginning May 16, 2024. Two of the three alternatives would authorize short ocean salmon season dates and establish small harvest limits for commercial and sport fishing off California in 2024. The third alternative would close the ocean fisheries off California for a second consecutive year.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • 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
  • June 7, 2023
An overview of the Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage, including the stream channel leading to the Sacramento River.

Dozens of adult sturgeon and hundreds of other large fish including threatened Chinook salmon have moved safely from receding floodwaters within the Yolo Bypass back to the Sacramento River thanks to the coordinated operation of the Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage among the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), CDFW, NOAA Fisheries and Yolo County.

Categories: Fisheries, Lands, Rare Species, Salmon
  • May 16, 2023
image of map depicting yuba river restoration

A framework agreement between state, federal and local agencies will reopen miles of habitat to multiple native fish species and promote the return of imperiled spring-run Chinook salmon to their native habitat in the North Yuba River for the first time in more than 100 years.

Categories: Fisheries, General, Habitat Restoration, Salmon, Species

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