VIMS professor helps evaluate fish protection measures

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Professor Robert Huggett of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College was featured in an article in the Los Angeles Times Saturday concerning fish protections in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

As part of the National Academy of Sciences Committee, Huggett and colleagues evaluated the basis of federal fish protections that are limiting the pumping of water supplies from the delta and concluded that the limitations were scientifically justified.

“In no case did we say these did not have a scientific underpinning,” Huggett said.

The academy review was requested by the U.S. departments of Interior and Commerce and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who had threatened earlier in the year to introduce legislation to weaken the pumping limits, which have compounded water shortages caused by the state’s three-year drought.

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