40,000 salmon were initially released on October 3, but another effort four days later sent the remaining 20,000 salmon into San Francisco Bay. This occurred just weeks before the fish were set to be released by a group of teenagers who had been studying and taking care of them.
The salmon institute’s director of education said there is no proof so far that the perpetrators are from an animal rights organization.
“But from what we’ve been reading on the Internet, there have been groups assuming we’re farming fish, which is not what we’re doing,” she said. “We are using these fish to educate the community on the declining salmon population, and also helping to repopulate the salmon here in the bay. “Whoever did this, they could have come in and at least talked to us about what we’re actually doing here. The fish aren’t suffering. We’re taking very good care of them.”