Drought pushes endangered California salmon to the brink


Exposing the Big Game

Justin Sullivan

Fingerling Chinook salmon are dumped into a holding pen as they are transfered from a truck into the Mare Island Strait on April 22, 2014 in Vallejo, California© Provided by AFP Fingerling Chinook salmon are dumped into a holding pen as they are transfered from a truck into the Mare Island Strait on April 22, 2014 in Vallejo, California Chinook salmon were already endangered in California’s Sacramento River, but the record drought parching the western United States has brought the iconic fish even closer to extinction.Chinook, also known as king salmon, need very cold water for their eggs to develop.

If everything goes right, the young salmon hatch and eventually make their way downstream toward the ocean, before later returning to the rivers to spawn and die.

But the migration has dropped off in recent years.

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