LEVEL OF CONCERN: CRITICAL
The status of Chum salmon in California is poorly understood. It appears as if they have already ceased to exist as a self-sustaining species in California, or their populations are too small to be detected.
Recent observations of small, but reliable returns of Chum salmon in Mill Creek (Smith River, Del Norte County) and the South Fork Trinity River (Trinity County) have drawn attention to the few remaining watersheds where they spawn, and highlighted the need for targeted surveys to document their occurrence. While the Level of Concern has increased slightly since 2008, Chum salmon are vulnerable to anthropogenic threats.
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