SACRAMENTO (AP) - California game wardens have arrested eight
people for poaching sturgeon and chinook salmon from the Sacramento
River and the delta.
A ninth suspect remains at large after wardens raided seven homes Friday in Sacramento.
Investigators say the suspects illegally netted young, fall-run chinook salmon to use as bait for the sturgeons.
They say the sturgeons' eggs were illegally sold as caviar on the black market.
The populations of salmon and sturgeon have dropped in the last few years in the Sacramento River system despite state and federal fishing restrictions designed to protect both species.
Warden Steven Stiehr says poachers have contributed to the declines of both. Sturgeon are listed as a threatened species.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com
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