VIDEO: Ten thousand baby Coho salmon are released into California’s restored Pescadero Creek after removal of lethal dam

There really haven’t been many salmon in Pescadero Creek north of Santa Cruz, California for years. On November 17, 2020, that changed.

Ten thousand baby Coho, released in different spots. The fingerlings supplied by the Monterey Salmon and Trout Project, with NOAA supervision and sponsored by the San Mateo Resource Conservation District (SMRCD).

Kelly Nelson, executive director of the SMRCD, said the work on the creek was extensive. “We removed a dam and did other things to ensure that fish had access to an additional 62 miles of habitat,” Nelson said. “It’s a lot of creek.”

Photo of Coho salmon courtesy of NOAA.

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