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Smelt Requiem

Jan 08, 2018

Column: Requiem for a ‘bait fish’:  Michael Fitzgerald writes, “Extinction.  A word that belongs in the ossuary of terms used to describe humankind’s most abysmal failures and its darkest sins. Words like genocide and Holocaust.  Extinction is where the Delta smelt appears headed. In the latest fish population count, only two were found in four months. Even after last year’s drenching rains.  Surely there are more smelt out there in the veins and capillaries of the Delta where they used to abound; whether enough to survive as a species, however, appears doubtful. ... ”  Read more from the Stockton Record here:  Column: Requiem for a ‘bait fish’