Did Smolts Show Up At Empty Dinner Table?
In re to the die off of murres on the central Oregon coast, I'm wondering if the smolts entering the estuaries and oceans this spring didn't meet a similar fate. We had a lot of late spring rain, which should have done a marvelous job of flushing the young migrants out to sea -- a good thing. If these fish then found themselves in a sterile sea, that does not bode well for returns two-to-four years down the line-- obviously a bad thing. I haven't seen anything in the local press about this, but I'll try to track down some information at the Marine Sciences Center.
Meanwhile, I'm concerned.
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