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Eel River salmon spawing despite low flows

The Eel River salmon run is alive and moving up river to spawn despite low rainfall.

Members of the Eel River Recovery Project successfully completed six dives on the lower Eel and counted nearly 6-thousand Chinook salmon. They were also able to document a late run that is moving up to spawn even though water levels are still low. The Humboldt Redwood Company and the Wiyot Tribe funded the dives.

Last year a record 3400 fish made it past the Van Arsdale Dam. So far this year only 28 fish have made it. To assist or report fish sightings, call Eel River Volunteer Coordinator Pat Higgins at 707-223-7200. The project is being made possible by grants from Patagonia and the Salmon Restoration Association of Ft. Bragg. To see more photos and video of salmon and to access reports, go to: