Did you know… that here in California we are at risk of losing our Spring Chinook Salmon right now?
The South Fork Trinity River is one of the primary spawning habitats for the Spring Chinook Salmon, and our local Spring Chinook salmon population has been declining at an alarming rate. In fact, Spring Chinook are at risk of local extinction — and Trinity County could make or break their survival.
In Trinity County, our salmon are battling drought, over-pumped and dry creeks, sediment from bulldozed roads, and an overabundance of foreign nutrients in the river. If conditions continue like they have, there could be another name on the extinct species list and a beautiful part of our ecosystem will be gone forever.
Fish counts are on the decline:
In 1963, fish counts showed 10,000 Spring Chinook Salmon in the South Fork Trinity River.
The 2016 snorkel surveys for the South Fork Trinity River counted only 61 Spring Chinook.
South of Trinity County populations of Spring Chinook are non-existent.
Right now, our actions matter more.
We can all help by not fishing for or consuming Spring Chinook, and by being mindful: conserving water, maintaining roads, farming organic, and not over fertilizing will go a long way. We can also help by spreading the word about our Spring Chinook – tell people you know about the threat to Spring Chinook, and encourage them to help protect them. Together, we can help save these fish. What if, in five or ten years, the Spring Chinook weren’t on an endangered species list? Or threatened? What if this time we were able to look ahead, and help save a species? Let’s help our salmon.
The Watershed Center is working to raise awareness in our community about the threats facing the Spring Chinook, and to provide information about how they can minimize their impacts and help support our effort to Save Our Spring Chinook.
If you are interested in learning more, attending events, or volunteering, contact Josh at 530-628-4206 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will keep you updated about opportunities, and the fate of our Spring Chinook.