An Underwhelming 2016 Salmon Season

Every year, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) publishes a report on the previous year’s salmon fisheries along the West Coast. The report details escapement, or the Read More…

New innovations from old engineering

In drought years, there is often little concern for flood control or California's levee system that was designed a century ago, but wildlife and fisheries biologists have Read More…

Seeing what lies below

Counting migratory fish, studying fish behavior, and visually assessing aquatic habitat can typically only occur in environments with clear and shallow water. In more turbid streams such Read More…

Levee history

The Sacramento Valley as we know it today is actually an artificial creation, sustained by an intricate system of levees. The construction of levees has enabled engineers Read More…

Hungry, hungry salmon?

We recently conducted a pilot-level study to investigate the diet of Chinook salmon parr and smolts on the Lower Sacramento River — and the number of prey Read More…

Holding on to individuality

The two large salmon-bearing watersheds in California, the Klamath-Trinity and the Sacramento-San Joaquin basins, drive the production of the recreational, commercial, and tribal harvest of Chinook salmon Read More…

Ferried across

Jelly’s Ferry, Ball’s Ferry, Ord Ferry, Lea’s Ferry, Knight’s Ferry — all are familiar place-names to most residents in California’s Central Valley. These well-known local landmarks represent Read More…

Fish on rice

Can fish and farms coexist in harmony? Scientists are currently trying to answer this question in the Yolo Bypass, a roughly 60,000-acre expanse of engineered seasonal floodplain Read More…