From The Stockton Record – As hundreds of Chinook salmon congregated in the rock-lined channel at the entrance to the new Nimbus Fish Hatchery ladder, the Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Nov. 2 held a short ribbon cutting ceremony marking the completion of the hatchery’s new Fish Passage Project. Before the ceremony, hatchery staff took more than 700 salmon into the facility in just 20 minutes, according to Gary Novak, hatchery manager. The hatchery has trapped a total of 1,800 salmon and has taken 650,000 green eggs in two spawning sessions to date. State and federal officials said the modernized ladder and flume fishway will help fall Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead returning to the hatchery. (more)