A Chinook salmon in Blue Creek, a tributary of the Klamath River © Kevin Arnold


State of Salmon in California

Fly fishers fishing in a riverFly fishers fishing in a river © The Nature Conservancy

Salmon Matter

Coho salmon, Chinook salmon and steelhead are iconic species of the Pacific. For at least two million years, salmon and steelhead have existed in coastal areas from Baja California through Alaska. They are an important part of our economy and cultural heritage. But throughout California, wild salmon are disappearing—as are the ecosystems, jobs and way of life that depend on them.

Jennifer Carah, an applied scientist on The Nature Conservancy's California staff, plants a logging device used to record and collect water temperature data from streams in the Garcia River Forest near Boonville, CaliforniaJennifer Carah, a Nature Conservancy scientist, plants a temperature device in the Garcia River © Bridget Besaw

The Status of Salmon in California

Formerly known as California Salmon Snapshots, The Status of Salmon in California 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. It is the most comprehensive repository of salmon information in California, presenting the current status and historical trend of salmon and steelhead populations and the work of the salmon restoration community to restore habitat and populations. The information presented on this site is critical to the on-going recovery of the state’s salmon species, as it can help guide state-wide salmon recovery to the places where it will have the greatest impact.

Our Team

The Nature Conservancy

has over 60 years of experience in conservation and restoration of habitats and ecosystems, and is dedicated to protecting nature for people today and for future generations. In California, The Nature Conservancy develops restoration strategies, implements demonstration projects using innovative techniques and, with the help of partners, is scaling these projects throughout California’s salmon and steelhead habitat.

The salmon conservation community

involve many people working in non-profit conservation organizations, federal, state, and local resource agencies, water agencies, tribes, and private entities, such as timber companies. Over 100 organizations around the state are listed here that are involved in salmon recovery and habitat restoration efforts. Learn about the restoration partners and their projects on the Salmon Rivers page.