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Advisory: Drought Prompts Fish Evacuation at San Joaquin Hatchery

Media Contacts:
Dean Marston, CDFW Central Region, (559) 243-4005, ext. 122
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 201-2958

What: Media are invited to cover the evacuation of rainbow trout from San Joaquin Hatchery near Friant.
Where: San Joaquin Hatchery
17372 Brook Trout Drive, Friant (93626)
When: Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, beginning at 7:30 a.m. (early morning live shots can be accommodated if requested)
Why: A fourth year of extreme drought conditions has reduced the cold water supply in Millerton Reservoir. In response the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is moving fish out of the San Joaquin Hatchery for the first time.
Who: CDFW program managers, hatchery employees and information officers will be available for interviews.
Notes: Accommodations will be made at the hatchery to allow media to photograph and video the loading of the fish from the storage tanks into the trucks for transport.
The fish will be transported to Shaver Lake, approximately one hour away, and planted in the lake. Accommodations will also be made there to ensure photographers are in position to see the release of fish.
Underwater cameras will be allowed at the hatchery and the release site.
Be aware that the hatchery and release site environments will be wet. Proper footwear is advised.

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