Feds: Calif. returning chinook salmon a record low
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
(02-18) 13:22 PST San Francisco, CA (AP) --
A record-low number of chinook salmon returned to rivers in California's Central Valley last year, indicating that severe restrictions on salmon fishing are likely again this year, federal regulators say.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council reported this week that in 2008 a total of 66,264 natural and hatchery chinook or "king" salmon adults were estimated to have returned to the Sacramento River basin to spawn, the lowest estimate on record.