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Historical Review of Eel River Anadromous Salmonids, with Emphasis on Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon and Steelhead

Publication Date
Feb 01, 2010
Center for Watershed Sciences John Muir Institute of the Environment


Coho and Chinook salmon and steelhead are all on a trajectory towards extinction in the Eel River basin, with only winter steelhead being widely enough distributed and abundant enough to persist beyond the next 50 years. Little is known about the watershed or the causes of the fisheries decline. Fishery managers have largely ignored the Eel River system since the 1940s, mainly because of its isolated location and because the fish lose occurred so rapidly and completely. California Trout commissioned the UC Davis report.

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