'Extraordinary' Efforts Underway to Save Millions of Salmon From CA Drought
Some extraordinary efforts are underway to avert a fishing disaster in California, where wildlife officials are trying to save millions of baby salmon from dying amid the state's severe drought. Claudia Cowan reported from Rio Vista this morning on how officials are attempting to get the salmon from their hatcheries in northern California to the Pacific Ocean.
The low water levels are making it difficult for the fish to get there on their own, so the tiny fish are being sucked up en masse into huge tanker trucks and then driven nearly 300 miles to be released again.
Without this effort, Howard Brown of the NOAA estimated the fish's chances of survival would be less than five percent. This is costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, but officials say it's necessary to preserve the state's $1.4 billion salmon industry and the jobs that go along with it.
One-quarter of the salmon are being tagged, so years from now scientists can assess how many survived.
Watch the report above.