FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — State and federal wildlife officials have unveiled plans to try to restore once-abundant salmon and steelhead populations in Central California rivers.
The plans by the National Marine Fisheries Service and state Department of Fish and Wildlife were released on Tuesday and include returning the fish to habitats where they were shut out decades ago by dams.
State officials and the fisheries service say their strategies do not include any mandates. They would require buy-in from other agencies and groups and would take decades to implement.
Chinook salmon and steelhead once migrated in abundance from the Pacific to spawn up river in California; dams block many of their historical passage ways, and by the 1990s they were near extinct and listed as endangered.
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