SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) - A special delivery from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Nearly a quarter million baby Chinook salmon straight from the Central Valley Hatchery landing at the Bay Area at the Pillar Harbor and into a giant floating net pen.
Coast side fishing club chairman Marc Gorelnik says using trucks is saving salmon.
"Rather than having the fish, those juveniles run the gauntlet, going down the river and through the Delta and through the bay, they hitch a ride and come straight here,” Gorelnik said.
He says the survival rate is 30 times greater than those released inland however several locals quickly noticed the new arrivals.
Two nets below one fine mesh that keeps babies in and an outer heavy duty, one to keep sea lions out, plus a top mesh to guard seagulls away.
"This is our seventh year! Yeah. Up until now we've released over 2 ½ million fish. That's a lot, yeah! Yeah! When you look at the big picture that ah lot of fish,” said Doug Laughlin, a Coastside Fishing Club Volunteer.
Once released in a few days it will take three years for this group to mature and return as catchable salmon.
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