(Sacramento Bee) Wildlife officials on Tuesday formally launched a massive trucking operation to move 30 million Sacramento River salmon toward the sea to help the fish avoid harmful river conditions caused by drought.
(Tuesday's operation transported about 400,000 juvenile salmon, each about 3 inches long, in three climate-controlled tanker trucks from Coleman National hatchery near Red Bluff to floating pens in the Sacramento River near Rio Vista.
(About 240 such truck trips are expected over the next 10 weeks from five state and federal salmon hatcheries in the Central Valley. Officials said the operation is unprecedented: They could not recall another time when so many juvenile salmon were transported by truck in such a short period of time.
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