Carson Jeffres to present 'Floodplain Fatties'

The Center's Carson Jeffres has a fish tale that, like most others, ends with fish much bigger than they were at the start of the story.

Jeffres, though, swears his story is no exaggeration. He has data, photos and video showing that baby salmon planted in a flooded rice field near Sacramento grew at some of the fastest freshwater rates ever recorded in California.

Come see for yourself Monday, Sept. 9, when Jeffres presents results from the latest salmon-rearing experiment in the Yolo Bypass. The show begins at noon in the state EPA's Byron Sher Auditorium, in downtown Sacramento.

The results are significant. Research has shown that bigger juvenile salmon survive better when they reach the the ocean, and are more likely to return as spawning adults.

Jeffres, a fish ecologist, is part of a team of scientists with government agencies and conservation groups investigating how parts of the 57,000 acre bypass, long used for flood control and agriculture, could also be managed as a seasonal wetland for rearing salmon. The idea is to mimic historical conditions, prior to levees, when river flooding gave salmon access to much of the Sacramento Valley. Understanding the type of rearing habitat suitable for juvenile salmon is important to habitat restoration in the Delta