On April 8th, 2014, the San Joaquin River Restoration Program transferred approximately 54,000 juvenile spring run Chinook salmon from the Feather River Hatchery to the San Joaquin River. As part of the 2006 San Joaquin River Settlement Agreement between NRDC, the federal government and Friant Water Authority, the fish release is part of on-going efforts to reintroduce salmon that were extirpated from the river by the operation of Friant Dam that dried up sections of the river in the 1940s. The juvenile fish were initially placed into net pens in the river immediately below Friant Dam to enable them to acclimate and imprint on the San Joaquin River.
On April 17 and 18, the fish will be transferred downstream to net pens just upstream of the confluence with the Merced River to enable further acclimation and imprinting before release. The release will provide valuable information to support future restoration activities and initiates the process of reintroducing wild salmon to the San Joaquin River that will return in 2-3 years as adults.
B-Roll & SOT Index:
00:54 - B-Roll: Release of juvenile spring run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam
04:36 - SOT: John Netto, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
06:20: - SOT: Rhonda Reed, San Joaquin River Basin Branch Chief, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region
07:22 - SOT: Monty Schmitt, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
09:48 - B-Roll: Friant Dam
10:48 - SOT: Coke Hallowell, Chairman of the Board, San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust
11:28 - B-Roll: San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust takes 8th graders from San Francisco on a canoe trip