Nathaniel S. BinghamHarold C. ChristensenW.F. “Zeke”Grader, Jr.
Glen H. Spain
Northwest Regional Director
Watershed Conservation Director
PACIFIC COAST FEDERATIONof FISHERMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 27, 2010Contact:
Zeke Grader, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (415) 606-5140Dick Pool, Water 4 Fish, (925) 963-6350Larry Collins, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (415) 585-5711
Fishermen Fear Delta Pump Ruling May Decimate Fall Salmon Run
Fall-Run Chinook Are the Mainstay of California’s Salmon Fishery
San Francisco --
West Coast fishermen, shut out of fishing for the past two yearsaltogether and granted a 2010 fishery so tiny that most will simply sit it out, fear that aTuesday night ruling by Fresno-based judge Oliver Wanger could be a serious disaster for the Sacramento River’s fall-run chinook (‘king’) salmon resource.Sacramento River fall run chinook are the backbone of California’s 150-year-old salmonfishery and a large contributor to Oregon and Washington ocean fisheries as well. Strongruns of Sacramento River fall-run chinooks returned to the Central Valley earlier in thisdecade – 768,000 adult fish up to 50 pounds each found their way back to Valley streamsin 2002. By 2009 that number had crashed to 39,530 fish, driven down in large part byheavy increases in State Water Project pumping in the Sacramento-San Joaquin river Delta.While the Sacramento River’s spring-run chinook juvenile fish have nearly finished their migration through the Delta, the fall-run salmon and endangered species act-listedsteelhead will be migrating downstream through most of June, as will those hatcherysalmon released upstream.The California Department of Water Resources is already ramping up its Delta pumping,taking quick advantage of Wanger’s ruling, from 1,500 cubic feet per second to nearly6,000 cubic feet per second.