How Many Salmon Return to Our Coastal Watersheds?
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. For the first time ever, population data — from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and others — are compiled to show the number of salmon in our coastal California watersheds. This is the most comprehensive salmon information in California, and these snapshots will help guide state-wide salmon recovery to the places where we can have the greatest impact.
Provide a Clearinghouse for Population Data
Annual population data for coho salmon, Chinook salmon, and steelhead are presented for our coastal watersheds to provide Californians with a better understanding of how many fish return to rivers and creeks each year. Population trends can help decision makers, resource agencies, watershed groups and communities better understand where salmon and steelhead are thriving or declining.
Monitoring is an essential part of understanding the effectiveness of restoration efforts and evaluating trends in the recovery of salmon and steelhead in coastal California watersheds. Currently, there is no comprehensive monitoring program in coastal California. We aim to encourage implementation and funding of the California Coastal Salmonid Monitoring Program to comprehensively track the status, trends and recovery of populations.
Highlight Past & Target Future Watershed Restoration Efforts
Communities, conservation organizations, and state, federal and local agencies across California are coming together to restore our watersheds and see a return of salmon runs. There is strong commitment to salmon restoration in California and since 2000 about 1,200 on-the-ground projects were completed in coastal salmon and steelhead watersheds, but there is much more to be done if recovery within our lifetime is to become a reality. The snapshots help Californians better understand the innovations going on in their back yard and help agencies focus resources where salmon and steelhead need them most.