Feb 13, 2020
San Joaquin River’s Genetic Imposters Made Salmon History
An unexpected number of chinook salmon swam up the San Joaquin River last spring, prompting surprise and giddy pronouncements that the river’s long-dead spring-run population had been resurrected.
The 500 or so fish were living proof that the 11-year-long river restoration program was a success. A “smashing” success, some advocates said.
Others felt the event was proof that some level of a salmon fishery could be reproduced on the San Joaquin.
But at what cost?