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DFG ANNOUNCES ALTERNATIVE PLANS FOR PLANTING STRIPED BASS IN CENTRAL VALLEY WATERS RATHER THAN THE DELTA

 DFG ANNOUNCES ALTERNATIVE PLANS FOR PLANTING STRIPED BASS
 IN CENTRAL VALLEY WATERS RATHER THAN THE DELTA
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) today announced that this week it will begin planting 2.9 million hatchery-reared striped bass yearlings chiefly in San Joaquin Valley waters instead of in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
 DFG Director Boyd Gibbons last week halted Delta planting of the non-native stripers citing the slight risk their predation poses to the endangered winter-run Chinook salmon, a native species whose population has dropped sharply in recent years. Commented Gibbons: "Our planting of stripers in San Joaquin Valley waters is doubly good news. It gives valley anglers a bonus helping of great fishing while reducing the risk of predation on the winter-run salmon in the Delta."
 The striper plantings will begin today and continue for about four weeks.
 Major valley plantings of stripers will include 1 million at 10 locations along the California Aqueduct from Santa Nella (Merced County) to Highway 119 at Buena Vista Lake (near Bakersfield); 750,000 in San Luis Reservoir and 250,000 in nearby O'Neill Forebay (both in Merced County); 250,000 in the Tule River near El Rico; 100,000 in the Delta-Mendota Canal, and 100,000 in the Kings River, downstream from Stratford.
 A total of 75,000 stripers will be planted in the Homeland Canal neat Corcoran and the Blakely Canal near Kettleman City, while 50,000 stripers will go into both Buena Vista Lake near Bakersfield and the Corcoran Irrigation District Lake. In addition to the valley plants, 100,000 striped bass will be placed into Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County.
 The DFG will export 40,000 stripers out of state, 30,000 to Oregon and 10,000 to New Mexico.
 For the 1992 striped bass planting program, the DFG raised 2.8 million yearling striped bass under contract with private hatcheries and another 200,000 in the DFG's Central Valley Hatchery. The striper planting program is funded largely by the Department of Water Resources and the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. as mitigation for their projects.
 The winter-run Chinook is listed as endangered under California law and threatened under Federal law. The striped bass introduced to California in 1879, is not a protected species.
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 /CONTACT: Pete Weisser of California Department of Fish and Game, 916-653-6420/ CO: California Department of Fish and Game ST: California IN: SU:


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