Projects & Research

Russian River Coho Salmon Captive Broodstock Program

The Russian River Coho Salmon Captive Broodstock Program is a collaborative partnership that is working to build a self-sustaining coho population within the watershed. 

Coastal Monitoring Program

The Coastal Monitoring Program is a statewide program for California document and provide data on salmonid status using standardized methods.

Summer Habitat Assessments

Insufficient summer streamflow is the single biggest limiting factor to recovery of Russian River coho salmon populations. By late summer, many of the stream reaches where juvenile coho and steelhead are rearing become intermittent or dry, leading to high mortality rates. California Sea Grant has been documenting late-summer wetted habitat conditions in relation to fish distribution on high priority tributaries since 2012. 

Streamflow and Fish Survival

California Sea Grant conducted a study to correlate flow and environmental conditions with oversummer survival of juvenile coho.

Habitat Enhancement Monitoring

California Sea Grant's Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program are responsible for pre- and post-project monitoring for several habitat restoration projects in the Russian River watershed.