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Longfin Smelt

May 18, 2017

Little fish in big trouble: The longfin smelt:  “Heavy rain brought relief to the people, plants and animals of California this past winter. The earth is soggy, farmers are looking at plentiful summer irrigation supplies, and rivers are full and flowing.  The recent rains also may have given the longfin smelt a reprieve from extinction… at least for a while.  The longfin smelt, Spirinchus thaleichthys, is among the many natives to the San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem that have been edging closer and closer to the brink of oblivion each year for a decade or two. The longfin is less famous, and a bit less imperiled, than its cousin the Delta smelt—that little fish that has unwittingly become a loaded political symbol in the fight over river water between farmers and environmentalists. … ”  Read more from KCET here:  Little fish in big trouble: The longfin smelt