helping salmon survive: late fall release from Coleman National Fish Hatchery

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It is said a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Something similar has recently taken place at the only federal fish hatchery in California. This time, however it could be better described as the first “splash” towards the open ocean.

Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough recently visited Anderson, to go behind the scenes to learn more about the process of getting young fish from a hatchery to the ocean.

On the grounds of the Coleman National Fish Hatchery visitors will see rows of water-filled concrete lanes. They are 150-feet long and two-and-a-half feet deep and are known as raceways. A glance into the lanes and one quickly spots tell-tale movement that is none other than the energy of thousands of yearling fish. In this case, chinook salmon. Thousands of them are just moments from hitting open water.

Project Leader Brett Galyean, explained the hatchery is releasing 840-thousand late fall chinook salmon into Battle Creek so they can start their outward migration to the Pacific Ocean, which is a 300 mile journey.

The Coleman National Fish Hatchery is located in Anderson. It was established 77 years ago to create safe salmon habitat after the construction of the Shasta and Keswick Dams.

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