Thousands of Endangered Coho Smolts Released into Scott Creek

SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division researchers joined the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to release thousands of young hatchery-raised coho salmon into Scott Creek. The Santa Cruz Sentinel talked with SWFSC staff about challenges faced by endangered Central Coast coho and our work to promote recovery of the population. There is optimism that the released juveniles will fare well this year due to improved ocean conditions promoting growth and survival.

Santa Cruz County’s endangered coho salmon and the fight to save it
Santa Cruz Sentinel (online version posted May 6, 2017)

Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Early Life History Team

(May 8, 2017)

Coho salmon

A hatchery-origin female coho salmon released into Scott Creek as a smolt and later recaptured upon return from the ocean