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team unloading salmon release equipment from truck trailer at the river

Week of March 13, 2023

Last week of Inten­sive Field Sea­son Updates This week rep­re­sent­ed “Finals Week” for the UC Davis crew that has worked tire­less­ly through­out this crazy, but pro­duc­tive, field sea­son.  They have man­aged through not just one but two sep­a­rate bypass flood­ing events and they were still going strong as they man­aged through this final week com­prised

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Salmon surgery at UC Davis to install tags into farmed fish, Tuesday, March 7, 2023. (Photo Brian Baer)

Week of March 6, 2023

Break­ing News:  Sud­den Change of Dai­ly Activ­i­ties This week start­ed out fair­ly hec­tic as we learned on Tues­day, March 8 that the Sut­ter Bypass was expect­ed the run again start­ing late-Fri­­day night, March 10.  Begin­ning March 8, this ini­ti­at­ed a flur­ry of activ­i­ty to pri­or­i­tize field drain­ing and removal of caged fish to relo­cate them to the

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Alexandra Wampler gathering salmon for fin clipping.

Week of February 27, 2023

Updat­ed Catch Num­bers To date, we had cap­tured over 372 fish via trap net and sein­ing. Based on size chart assess­ments, these includ­ed 69 wild fall-run sized, 1 late-full-run-sized, 8 win­ter-run-sized, and 7 spring-run-sized Chi­nook salmon. We still had found/experienced 0 mor­tal­i­ty of any non-fall-run wild Chi­nook salmon.   Over­all mor­tal­i­ty has been low.  About 3.5%

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Week of February 20, 2023

So far, we had cap­tured 363 fish via trap net and sein­ing. Based on size chart assess­ments, these include 63 wild fall-run sized, 1 late-full-run-sized, 9 win­ter-run-sized, and 5 spring-run-sized Chi­nook salmon. We found/experienced 0 mor­tal­i­ty of any non-fall-run wild Chi­nook salmon.   Mor­tal­i­ty was low.  About 3.3% (12/363) mor­tal­i­ty of all fish encoun­tered by this

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Week of February 6, 2023

Project field is ful­ly con­tained with a much low­er vol­ume of water leav­ing the field only through the mod­i­fied board with a hole/notch. There­fore, the rate of exit of fish from the field has reduced to about 1–3 fish per day. How­ev­er, the sci­ence team con­tin­ues count­ing and releas­ing fish dai­ly. We have count­ed about

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Week of January 30, 2023

The bypass flood­wa­ters reced­ed enough to enable the project field to be safe­ly accessed and the inten­sive data col­lec­tion and man­age­ment prac­tice imple­men­ta­tion offi­cial­ly began.  UCD sci­ence team work includ­ed sein­ing, begin­ning phas­es of PIT sys­tem instal­la­tion in the field, and instal­la­tion of a large fyke net sys­tem at the out­fall drain of the field

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Week of January 16, 2023 

No sig­nif­i­cant change in field con­di­tions from the pre­vi­ous week in that the Sut­ter Bypass remained inun­dat­ed with flood­wa­ters.  The UCD team remained ready to begin sam­pling for recruit­ment of nat­ur­al occur­ring fish­es (wild or hatch­­ery-ori­­gin) just as soon as they could regain access.  The Team con­tin­ued work with the two groups of hatch­­ery-ori­­gin fish

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