Juvenile Coho Over-Winter Survival in Freshwater Creek

$1,250 Awarded to Colin Anderson, Biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2016 to study Coho salmon.

Humboldt Bay was historically one of the largest producers of coho salmon in the state of California.  Recent off-channel habitat restoration projects such as Wood Creek, Jacoby Creek Ponds upper (completed summer 2015) and lower (proposed), and re-connection of slough channels such as Faye slough and Janes Jolly Giant Creeks, all aim to increase the survival of “early emigrant” coho and contribute to the recovery of the species in Humboldt Bay.   With the help of a conservation grant from Sequoia Park Zoo, Colin Anderson, a Biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, refurbished the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) antenna located at the Freshwater Creek Weir so that monitoring of the early emigrants and surrounding habitat could continue.  This continued monitoring will hopefully provide the motivation to restore other areas inside and outside of Humboldt Bay and return this iconic and once prolific species to its former status.