LEVEL OF CONCERN: HIGH
Central California Coast (CCC) steelhead populations are in long-term decline, and face extinction in the next 100 years without significant investments in monitoring, habitat restoration, and increased efficiency in water use and management.
Most Central California Coast steelhead populations are extremely low in abundance (e.g., San Francisco Bay tributaries) and far below recovery thresholds, particularly after drought (2012-2016) significantly reduced spawning and rearing habitat across their range. While steelhead will continue to exist in the far reaches of larger watersheds, it is likely that populations in many watersheds will disappear over the next 25-50 years unless large-scale conservation and restoration actions are coordinated and implemented.
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