Officials Hope Experiment Will Help Increase Salmon Population

Biologists Trevor Kennedy, bottom right, and Roxanne Kessler, top center, release smolts, younger versions of chinook salmon, onto holding pens with the help of boat captain Doug Wagoner, bottom left, in Vallejo, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2009. Biologists from the Fishery Foundation of California were releasing 550,000 smolts into the San Francisco Bay Thursday in hopes of restoring commercial and recreational fishing. Federal fisheries regulators released a wide-ranging plan Thursday to help the struggling chinook salmon, saying state and federal water projects have contributed to the decline of the fish and other endangered species in the Central Valley. The National Marine Fisheries Service recommends a new water temperature management plan for the upper Sacramento River and Shasta Reservoir and opening dams to allow for better salmon migration, among other things, in the new report. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Could the California salmon be saved by getting a ride? It’s an experiment, as North Coast fishermen deal with the dwindling Chinook salmon. Thanks to heavy river traffic, dams and over-fishing, the salmon are having a tough time getting out to the ocean. 200-thousand adolescent salmon are getting a ride out to the ocean on a fishing boat to be released. They’re tagged, so officials can find out whether this experiment will help increase the salmon population.