Mortality Event, Warm Weather, Water Conditions Prompt Early Release Of One Million Sockeye Smolts Directly Into Upper Salmon River

Idaho Fish and Game released more than 1 million endangered Snake River sockeye salmon smolts from its Sawtooth Hatchery directly into the Upper Salmon River April 30 rather than transporting and then releasing the smolts into Redfish Lake Creek, which is normally the last stop for the smolts as they begin their downstream migration to the ocean.

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