Recent articles in The Bee about delta smelt seem curious to me. A University of California Davis biologist in Mark Grossi’s Jan. 7 column made it “very clear” the smelt has not moved into southern California waters that are holding areas of delta water for their use.
The Bee has a letter to the editor (Jan. 8) by the same biologist saying that if there are smelt in southern California waters, they may be Wakasagi from Japan brought in as a forage fish in the ’50s. Then going back to the Mr. Grossi’s article, the biologist says a “systematic study” of Central Cal fishes in southern California needs to be done. How then does he know that a 1950 Wakasagi is not a Central California smelt?
Frankly, it’s hard for me to understand how the delta smelt could not be in southern California waters, and why are the biologists seemingly defensive about this?