Fall Midwater Trawl Index finds record low numbers of Delta smelt

The annual survey conducted each fall since 1967 shows record low number for Delta smelt; longfin smelt is second lowest The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has completed the Fall Midwater Trawl Survey, a survey conducted each fall to determine the abundance of the Delta’s pelagic fishes. Pelagic fishes are those that live in the water column, rather than […]

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Numbers remain low for Delta smelt, American shad and striped bass in Fall Midwater Trawl

Just 18 Delta smelt were found in the Delta during the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fall Midwater Trawl, making it the second lowest index in the history of the trawl.  American Shad were also found at their second lowest numbers and striped bass index was tied for its third lowest since the survey’s inception in 1967. The Fall Midwater […]

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Press release: Delta fish hammered yet again; Fall Midwater Trawl results reveal continued biological collapse

From the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, this press release: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has released the results of the 2013 Fall Midwater Trawl (FMWT), which reconfirms the continuing biological collapse that is occurring in the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta Estuary. The FMWT conducts monthly surveys from September through December at 100 index stations in the […]

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Fall Midwater Trawl Report for September-October: Second lowest counts for striped bass, American shad; third lowest for threadfin shad

The Fall Midwater Trawl surveys, conducted in September and October, did not have positive results for the fish.  It was the second lowest count in FMWT history for Age-0 striped bass and American shad, and third lowest count for threadfin shad.  Delta smelt and longfin smelt counts were comparable to other low-abundance years. Here’s the Fall Midwater Trawl Report from […]

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