Patricia L. Brandes

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—Juvenile Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha emigrating from natal tributaries of the Sacramento River must negotiate the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta, a complex network of natural and man-made channels linking the Sacramento River with San Francisco Bay. Natural processes and water management actions affect the fractions of the population using(More)
1 A multi-year study in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta system was carried out to exam2 ine the relationship between the survival of out-migrating Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus 3 tshawytscha and the amount of water exported from the system by the two major pumping 4 stations in the southern portion of the Delta. Paired releases of groups of coded-wire-tagged(More)
Populations of juvenile salmon emigrating from natal rivers to the ocean must often traverse different migratory pathways that may influence survival. In regulated rivers, migration routes may consist of a network of channels such as in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, or of different passage structures at hydroelectric dams (e.g., turbines or(More)
We examined movement tracks of ultrasonic-tagged juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawyscha) smolts at the juncture of two migratory pathways. This migratory juncture occurs where the Delta Cross Channel splits from the Sacramento River in California’s Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. Smolt tracks were analyzed to compare the importance of river flow and(More)
In telemetry studies, premature tag failure causes negative bias in fish survival estimates because tag failure is interpreted as fish mortality. We used mark-recapture modeling to adjust estimates of fish survival for a previous study where premature tag failure was documented. High rates of tag failure occurred during the Vernalis Adaptive Management(More)
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