Fish predation is a critical stressor of endangered species in the California Delta, and the ESA fisheries team is working hard to find solutions to the problem.
The study sets a goal of removing and relocating predatory fish, such as striped bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and white catfish away from sensitive migratory routes of endangered Chinook salmon. Relocation of predatory fish attempts to improve the chances of survival of endangered fish species, while relocating the fish to a reservoir outside of the legal Delta provides enhanced opportunities for recreational fishing.
ESA is working alongside the California Department of Water Resources and project partners to help lead and execute a large-scale fish sampling and relocation effort across multiple years. Our fisheries team have key roles helping organize activities and equipment, captaining boats, conducting sampling, collecting meticulous field data, analyzing data, and summarizing the findings.