California drought forces trout to travel by truck
California drought forces trout to travel by truck Mike Marty, of the California Fish and Wildlife Department, hands a net full of the rainbow trout to co-worker Jason Welch, left, at the San Joaquin Hatchery near Fresno, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Tons of rainbow trout had to be rescued from the Central California fish hatchery and moved by truck to cooler lake water, sparing them from the state's relentless drought, wildlife officials said Wednesday. (John Walker/Fresno Bee via AP)
California drought forces trout to travel by truck
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Tons of rainbow trout had to be rescued from a Central California fish hatchery. They were moved by truck to cooler lake water. The move spared them from the state's relentless drought. That's according to wildlife officials.
 
About 80,000 pounds of trout were scooped up from the San Joaquin Hatchery. It is near Fresno. They were hauled 30 miles uphill to Shaver Lake. It is in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Temperatures in Millerton Lake, which flow through into the hatchery on the San Joaquin River, had reached nearly 70 degrees. That threatened the trout's survival, The Fresno Bee reported.
 
"The drought is having a devastating effect," California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan said. "We're really making an effort to save as many fish as we can and get them into cold water before it gets any warmer."
 
The first round of trout was shipped by water tank to Shaver Lake on Aug. 12. Another 50,000 pounds of trout will be moved to surrounding lakes in Fresno and Madera counties.
 
This marks the first evacuation of fish from the San Joaquin Hatchery because of the drought. Other California hatcheries have gone through the process two years in a row.
 
In June, wildlife officials trucked millions of young Chinook salmon from a hatchery near Redding to the San Francisco Bay 200 miles away. The drought depleted rivers that the migratory fish normally travel to the Pacific Ocean, wildlife officials said.
 
Wildlife officials, also in June, scooped up endangered Coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout. The fish were struggling to survive in dwindling tributaries to the Russian River in Sonoma County.

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Why are the trout measured by weight?
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COMMENTS (30)
  • johnj-fel
    9/04/2015 - 02:22 p.m.

    The trout are measured by weight so they know how many pounds of fish they shipped off to other places.

  • helenaw-fel
    9/04/2015 - 02:22 p.m.

    The trout are measured by weight because its easier to weigh them than it is to count all of them.

  • avereyd-fel
    9/04/2015 - 02:23 p.m.

    The trout are measure by weight because they don't know how many fish are in the hatchery.

  • garretta-fel
    9/04/2015 - 02:24 p.m.

    The trout are measured in weight because there are massive loads of trout being transported to different areas.

  • austina-fel
    9/04/2015 - 02:24 p.m.

    The trout are measured by weight because they are being moved by a truck to another area.

  • callans-fel
    9/04/2015 - 02:25 p.m.

    The reason why the trout are measured by weight is so the people moving them can estimate how many fish they have moved.

  • hollyk-fel
    9/04/2015 - 02:25 p.m.

    Trout is measured by weight because it is a faster way to see/tell how many trout there is to move by truck.

  • austing-fel
    9/04/2015 - 02:25 p.m.

    The trout are measured by weight because it would most likely take all day just to count how many trout there actually is.

  • brooklynk-fel
    9/04/2015 - 02:26 p.m.

    The trout are measured by weight because it's a more convenient way to show how many trout there are, rather than taking all of the time to count every single fish.

  • ethanb-1-fel
    9/04/2015 - 02:26 p.m.

    The trout are measured by weight because it would be nearly impossible to count them one by one so the measure them by wieght

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