Salmon Snapshots

Pudding Creek

2015/16 Population

Estimate of Ocean Returning Fish

Coho

Oncorhynchus kisutch

Steelhead

Oncorhynchus mykiss

What We Have  
135
7
What We Need  
983
141 - 287
Notes:

Population estimate (based on mark/recapture) provided by California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The California Coastal Salmonid Monitoring Program for Pudding Creek initiated in 2006/07. The 95th % confidence interval is 97 to 222 for coho and 2 to 10 for steelhead. Data are preliminary and subject to change.

Coho salmon are federally listed as endangered. Chinook and steelhead are federally listed as threatened. The “What We Need” spawner population abundance targets shown above represent just one of several criteria that the National Marine Fisheries Service considers when determining whether a species should be removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (50 CFR 223.102). Recovering any of the species entails meeting criteria for abundance, productivity, diversity, and spatial structure across multiple watersheds, as well as criteria for alleviating threats (NMFS 2012, NMFS 2016).

The 2015/16 snapshot is defined as fall 2015 to spring 2016, as per when salmon and steelhead return from the ocean to spawn. Fall Chinook spawning season is fall 2015. Coho season is fall through early January 2016. Steelhead season can start in fall 2015 but is primarily winter and spring 2016. Spring Chinook return in spring 2016 and spawn in the fall 2016.
 

References

National Marine Fisheries Service. 2012. Final Recovery Plan for Central California Coast Coho Salmon Evolutionarily Significant Unit. National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Region, Santa Rosa, California.

National Marine Fisheries Service. 2016. Final Coastal Multispecies Recovery Plan. National Marine Fisheries Service, West Coast Region, Santa Rosa, California.

fish images © Joe Tomelleri

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