San Joaquin spring-run salmon

Published: Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014 - 3:06 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Jun. 21, 2014 - 8:08 am

Re "Extinct pigeon offers cautionary tale" (Page A8, June 19): A local example of such a revival attempt is going on right now in the San Joaquin for Salmon.

Salmon were vastly abundant in the San Joaquin River prior to completing Friant Dam in 1942. The fishery impact was expected, but the traditional salmon mediation attempt, a hatchery, was never constructed because World War II efforts took over. After the war, the hatchery was forgotten and resulted in total extinction of San Joaquin spring-run and most of the fall-run in about a decade.

The effort is controversial and of more interest to local farmers than the bullet train because they must fund it. While the value of the project will be debated, keep in mind, the true value of the total project is more than just reintroducing a prize food and sport fish, but upgrading a degraded ecosystem to something resembling the landscape that once thrilled the early pioneers.

-- Fred Jurick, Citrus Heights

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