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HELPING SALMON

in the Sacramento Valley

California Rice logo

HELPING SALMON

in the Sacramento Valley

Collaborative Pilot Project

As part of an environmental initiative to help recover struggling salmon populations, California Rice has assembled a strong coalition of scientists, rice growers and project funding organizations. Our $1.4 million pilot project will test and refine rice farming practices to provide habitat and food for fish.

California Rice has successfully worked with partners to specifically manage its floodplain farm fields to benefit millions of birds. We now look forward to adding to this legacy of conservation by using our “surrogate wetlands” to help fish in the Sacramento Valley.

Our second-year goals for this initiative on salmon include the following:

Refine previous trials to grow salmon in winter-flooded rice fields into standardized management practices for use on farms near Sacramento River tributaries.

Insert micro transmitters into 900 young Chinook salmon to track their journey from the Sacramento Valley all the way out to the Pacific Ocean.

Determine the survivability of young salmon grown on highly productive winter-flooded rice fields in terms of the percentage of these fish successfully reaching adulthood.

A jar of zooplankton “bugs” from winter flooded rice fields. These are the bugs that the small salmon feast upon while in winter flooded rice fields to grow so quickly to prepare for their journey to the ocean.

A jar of zooplankton “bugs” from winter flooded rice fields. These are the bugs that the small salmon feast upon while in winter flooded rice fields to grow so quickly to prepare for their journey to the ocean.

Expertise

The science elements of this project are being led by the renowned Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis in collaboration with California Trout. Essential to the program’s success is coordination with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service providing valuable scientific expertise and supplying the hatchery fish for the project.

Latest Field Events & News

Here are the latest developments in the project efforts.

Project Media

Videos

Podcasts

Project Management Team

Core Project Team

Rachelle Tallman

Rachelle Tallman

Jacob Montgomery

Jacob Montgomery

Mike DeWit

Mike DeWit

Jennifer Kronk

Jennifer Kronk

Paul Buttner

Paul Buttner

Technical Resources

Project Funders

This new journey is made possible by a diverse coalition of funders:

Major Funders:

Other valued contributing sponsors include:

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