New Report Shows 74% of CA’s Native Salmon, Steelhead and Trout Likely to Be Extinct in 100 Years, 45% in 50 Years if Trends ContinueLeave a Comment
“State of the Salmonids II: Fish in Hot Water” report details crisis, IDs opportunities to reverse trend
Fish and watershed advocacy group California Trout (CalTrout) and University of California Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences, provided key results from an in-depth report today detailing the status of 32 types of salmon, steelhead, and trout that are native to California. State of the Salmonids II: Fish in Hot Water offers concerning data about the declining health of these fish populations and opportunities for stabilizing and even recovering many species.
The report includes an analysis of key threats to the survival of each species, starting with the overarching threat of climate change, which is likely to reduce the availability of cold water habitat that salmon, steelhead, and trout all depend on for survival. It also highlights various other human-induced threats, such as dams, agriculture, estuary alteration, urbanization, and transportation.