CALIFORNIA BANS FISHING IN SEVERAL RIVERS IN MIDST OF DROUGHT

California wildlife officials have banned fishing in several rivers to protect salmon and steelhead trout during a severe drought that follows the state's driest year on record. Fish populations are in danger as low levels in many of the Golden State's waters could prevent them from migrating and spawning, according to a statement from the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife. "Two-thirds of the wettest part of winter is now behind us and conditions are looking increasingly grim," Charlton Bonham, the department's director, said in the statement. "Under these extreme drought conditions, it is prudent to conserve and protect as many adult fish as possible to help ensure the future of fishing in California." Among the waterways that will be closed until further notice are the San Lorenzo River, the Big Sur River and the Pescadero Creek.

 

source Los Angeles Times

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