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Sacramento River Winter-run Chinook Salmon

The Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon is an endangered species. NOAA Fisheries selected it as a Species in the Spotlight because it is one of just nine species considered to be most at risk of extinction in the near-term and in need of urgent protection. NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region, along with the West Coast Science Centers, and the Restoration Center, work to conserve this species under the Endangered Species Act.

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