Flooded rice fields could help endangered Chinook salmon

In northern California, Chinook salmon have long been threatened in part because the young fish that swim from the Sacramento River to the ocean are often too small and helpless to escape the predators that eat them by the millions. But according to the San Francisco Chronicle, researchers recently grew the young salmon in rice fields that were flooded after harvest, and were very encouraged with the results. Indeed, the juvenile Chinooks were able to grow faster and fatter then they could in open water, and although birds took their toll on some, the salmon had a better chance to survive when they reached the ocean. An expanded trial next year will hopefully yield swimmingly good results.


About the Author: David Rothbard

David Rothbard

David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.