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Resource Conservation Districts - the center of locally led conservation in their community for agriculture and watershed restoration. Projects include fish passage, creek restoration, streambank restoration, water conservation, native plantings, and offstream water storage.
December 21, 2017 - We now present "The Big Picture" of California salmon for the 2015-16 spawning year. 335,000 salmon and steelhead returned to monitored California rivers to spawn in 2015, down from 520,000 in 2014 and 680,000 in 2013. Available data indicate a continued downward trend in 2016 as well. Salmon populations have suffered under poor river conditions caused by the drought and poor ocean conditions as well. Read more »
Salmon Snapshot Watersheds
We present 55 Salmon Snapshots:
18 Central Valley monitored Chinook salmon streams, including the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River watersheds
37 California coastal streams following the California Coastal Monitoring Program or other long-term monitoring programs, such as the Klamath-Trinity Restoration Program
Each Salmon Snapshot presents:
Status and trends of our salmon and steelhead populations
Current distribution and historic range maps
Habitat restoration work and the restoration partners
California Salmon Snapshots
The Nature Conservancy's California Salmon Snapshots is a collaborative, information-sharing website combining the knowledge of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and over 100 salmon conservation partners. This is the most comprehensive salmon information in California, and is critical to the on-going recovery of the state's salmon species. These Salmon Snapshots will help guide state-wide salmon recovery to the places where we can have the greatest impact.
A common virus that plagues Atlantic salmon in fish farms around the world also causes disease in farmed Pacific chinook salmon, a new finding that reignites the debate about infectious disease migrating from farmed fish to wild fish.
The Carmel River steelhead, a federally threatened species, can’t seem to catch a break. Despite the removal of the San Clemente Dam in 2015, the species’ recovery has been impeded by invasive striped bass, which can prey on steelhead.