Strange Bacteria Are Attacking California’s Trout Supply

September 29, 2020 / Comments (0)

Civic News Leisure Sport

Good morning.

Today, we have another dispatch from the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, written by Will McCarthy.

JUNE LAKE, Calif. — On a Friday in late July, Tamara Jimenez waded into one of the many glimmering lakes dotting the Eastern Sierra. Behind her, on a small beach, her grandson filled a plastic bucket with sand.

“It just feels safer out here, like we’re away from it all,” said Ms. Jimenez, who’d traveled from her home in Orange County.

Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, aspens and avalanche scars, Ms. Jimenez felt the anxiety of the previous four months fade away.

Suddenly, she let out a startled shout. Beside her, bloated and nose up in the water, floated a dead fish.

When Jay Rowan learned in late April that trout in California hatcheries were exhibiting strange symptoms, he had been the hatchery production manager for California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife for less than a month. Already forced to rejigger operations after the coronavirus lockdowns, Mr. Rowan began to worry that a second crisis was on the way.

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