How California Can Help Salmon Survive Severe Weather...And Other Existential Threats in the Face of Climate Change

To hatch and develop large enough to set out on migrations that cover hundreds of kilometres from their birthplaces, salmon need cold water.

Dams built along several rivers in California have disturbed typical salmon streams, which is one of the reasons the species has been declining for decades.

Salmon spawning grounds are also at danger as a result of climate change, which makes everything hotter, including the rivers.

The situation deteriorated significantly this year as numbers fell to almost record-low levels.

However, proponents of salmon argue that closing the fishing season won't change state water management regulations that have prioritised agriculture over fish habitats.

As a result, the salmon fishing season was abruptly cancelled for 2023 by the Pacific Fishery Management Council.