A Tiny California Fish Is On Brink Of Extinction And The Ramifications Are Huge

Life for the Delta smelt has gone from bad to worse.

This three-inch fish, which has played a central role in California’s efforts to manage its precious water resources, is on the verge of extinction according to the latest trawl survey in areas of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta where the fish normally congregate.

University of California-Davis fish biologist Peter Moyle recently told a group of scientists with the Delta Stewardship Council to “prepare for the extinction of the Delta Smelt in the wild.”

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