The Department of Fish and Wildlife is issuing a permit to the Birch Aquarium /
UC San Diego / Scripps Institution of Oceanography pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 2081(a) for educational purposes. The Section 2081(a) permit authorizes the applicant to take Longfin Smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys), Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) during the course of sampling, subject to
terms and conditions set forth in the permit. The purpose of this sampling is for the Birch Aquarium’s collections. The Section 2081(a) permit authorizes the applicant to potentially capture Longfin Smelt, Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, and steelhead trout during collections. The applicant will conduct year round research and permanent collection sampling of nearshore and estuarine fishes, invertebrates,
and phytoplankton through the use of hook & line – surface, hook & line – longline pelagic, hook & line – squid jig, beach seine, cast net, midwater trawl, bottom trawl, and plankton net through December 31, 2025.