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Record-low chinook salmon returns

February 18th, 2009

By Heather Ishimaru
KGO – San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal regulators say a record-low number of chinook salmon returned to California’s Central Valley last year, indicating that severe restrictions on salmon fishing are again likely this year.

Federal regulators estimate slightly more than 66,000 Chinook or King salmon adults came back to the Sacramento River basin to spawn last year — the lowest estimate on record.

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