If you needed an excuse to get out and go fishing now, then CalTrout may have done you a favor with yesterday’s release of “SOS: California’s Native Fish Crisis” report (compiled by Dr. Peter Moyle, a heavy hitter in fish biology circles).

The bullet points? They’re not pretty:

  • If present trends continue, 65% of native salmon, steelhead, and trout species will be extinct within 100 years or sooner.
  • Sixty-five percent of the species headed towards extinction are found only in California
  • Of the state’s 22 anadromous fish species (which spawn in freshwater and live most of their adult lives in the ocean), 59% are in danger of extinction
  • Of the state’s nine living native inland fish, 78% are in danger of extinction
Click to download a copy of "SOS: California's Native Fish Crisis"

Click image to download a copy of: SOS: California's Native Fish Crisis

Here’s the lead from the Press Release:

San Francisco, CA – Fish and watershed advocacy group California Trout today released the first-ever comprehensive report chronicling the status of each of California’s native fish species (salmon, steelhead, and trout). SOS: California’s Native Fish Crisis was written and researched by Dr. Peter Moyle, UC Davis professor and renowned expert on California’s water systems and the fish that inhabit them.

In truth, the news isn’t that surprising; many of the region-specific trout sub-species are relegated to tiny redoubts and hybridizing with introduced populations, and the over-allocation of California’s water resources is severely stressing salmon, steelhead populations.

CalTrout notes fishing is a $2 Billion industry in California, and the Trout Underground would like to note that the fishing part of the state’s economy could be sustainable (largely “free”) – given a modicum of clean, cold water and a little attention.

The find out more (and find links to the report, which features the attractive cover shown above), simply click on the link: “SOS: California’s Native Fish Crisis”

To read the report itself, click here.

See you reading, Tom Chandler.