Mark Gorelnik

Gorelnik plans to "ramp up" the Chinook salmon project

Department of Fish and Game delivered two tanker truckloads of Chinook salmon smolts to Pillar Point Harbor on May 31, 2012.

This is the second of two shipments in the last month. 120,000 smolts arrived from the Feather River Hatchery in Oroville and were poured into a net pen at the harbor. The first delivery on May 10th included about 60,000 smolts.

After acclimating in the holding pen for two weeks, the Coastside Fishing Club released the second delivery of smolts with the tide on June 13th. The fishing club has been working on the project since last fall after receiving state funding. The Fishing club contributed $38,000 to construct the 54-by-30-foot pen that included solar panels to run a navigation light and a camera that streams information to director Marc Gorelnik's laptop. 

Gorelnik said the project is intended to introduce the fish to saltwater while bypassing the hazards of the inland delta. Salmon populations had diminished greatly in recent years. Gorelnik credits the hatchery trucking program, in part, with bringing back salmon in large numbers. 

The smolts were fed every two hours by an automated feeder. Tags in their head identify them. When the fish is caught a wire tag will reveal that it came from the fishing club's pen.