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Longfin Smelt Update – They’re Gone

Back in April, I questioned whether Longfin Smelt, a state-listed endangered fish, are going extinct in the Bay Delta1. The June surveys are in. The Bay Midwater Trawl, the Bay Otter Trawl, the Townet, and the 20-mm Survey show Longfin are at record lows with only a few caught in the Bay2. One only has to compare 20-mm Survey results for June over the past three years to see the trend. Going, going, gone.

Longfin Smelt Survey 2013

Longfin Smelt Survey 2014

Longfin Smelt Survey 2015