Overview

  • Species in the Spotlight

    NOAA Fisheries focus on Central California Coast Coho and Sacramento River Winter-run Chinook. Learn more »

  • Central Valley Salmon Habitat Partnership

    Working together for salmon and steelhead habitat restoration in the Central Valley Learn more »

  • RCDs

    Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) are a leader in on-the-ground conservation efforts Learn more »

  • Tribes

    Salmon are fundamental to tribal identity Learn more »

  • Salmon Restoration Federation

    Promoting restoration and stewardship of California’s native salmon, steelhead, and trout populations and their habitat. Learn more »

How Many Salmon Return to Our California Streams?

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.

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