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Long Beach aquarium plans to house California's struggling delta smelt

LOS ANGELES - Time may be running out for California's most infamous fish.

Despite a decadeslong rescue effort, the tiny delta smelt appears closer than ever to vanishing from its only natural home, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Now, some worry it won't be long before the only place the once-abundant species exists is within the confines of an artificial tank.

"If current trends continue, and we don't get the numbers back up in the wild this year, we will be at a point where the only ones left will be in captivity,"

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