How Many Salmon Return to Our California Streams?
October 20, 2015 - The most recent annual update for 2013-14 of spawning salmon is released today on the Salmon Snapshots website. We now present "The Big Picture" of California salmon status for the second time - 700,000 salmon and steelhead returned to monitored California rivers to spawn in 2013, up from 675,000 in 2012.
The Nature Conservancy’s California Salmon Snapshots is a collaborative information-sharing effort, critical to the on-going recovery of the state's salmon species. This is the most comprehensive salmon information in California, combining the knowledge of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and over 100 other conservation partners. These Salmon Snapshots will help guide state-wide salmon recovery to the places where we can have the greatest impact.
Why Salmon Matter?
Coho salmon, Chinook salmon and steelhead are iconic species of the Pacific. For at least 2 million years, salmon and steelhead have existed in coastal areas from Baja California through Alaska. They are an important part of our economy and cultural heritage. But throughout California and much of the Pacific Northwest, wild salmon are disappearing—as are the ecosystems, jobs and way of life that depend on them. State and Federal agencies, conservation groups, and others are taking emergency drought actions to protect our imperiled salmon. The Nature Conservancy, and over 80 partners throughout California, are designing restoration actions to improve dire drought conditions for salmon and collaborating their information to help report on how salmon are fairing.
Goals of the Salmon Snapshots
The Salmon Snapshots website is intended to:
- Target future restoration efforts on the places where salmon have the greatest chance to recover
- Provide a clearinghouse for salmon population information
- Highlight watershed restoration efforts
- Encourage organizations to support monitoring