The Fresno Bee
Biologists this week helped 54,000 Northern California salmon become San Joaquin River inhabitants — launching the river’s largest experiment to rejuvenate a long-dead salmon run.
As part of the nearly 5-year-old San Joaquin restoration project, half of the juvenile fish will be released today for a long, dangerous swim to the Pacific Ocean. The other half will be released Friday.
The fish are tagged so survivors can be identified in a few years on the return trip to the San Joaquin for spawning.
“This is a big step for the project,” said biologist John Netto of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We’re coordinating the right window of opportunity to get the fish down the river.”