Testing alternate modes to get California Salmon to the ocean and back

An article in the New York Times (April 19, 2014) titled “Swim to Sea ? These Salmon Are Catching a Lift”, describes two alternate paths to move salmon from drought stricken areas to the ocean. With priority being for California agriculture, water levels in the rivers have dropped to such low levels that the California salmon cannot reach the ocean. Two models of transporting salmon are being tried, one (blogged earlier) uses direct truck transport to move salmon to the ocean. A second mode trucks the salmon to a river, and a then on to a boat, that continuously flows river water over the salmon to get them to imprint on the native water and facilitate their recall for the return trip to spawn. Researchers hope to monitor the two paths to see which one gets the salmon to the ocean and back successfully. Is the tradeoff of efficient direct transport against slower and perhaps higher probability of a successful round trip that ensures future generations of salmon reasonable? Should the root cause, low level of water due to the provision of water to California agriculture, be reconsidered to include these second order cost effects ? How should the potential demands for water and their impact be balanced across the different industries e.g., agriculture vs fishery in this case ?

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