LEVEL OF CONCERN: MODERATE
Klamath Mountain Province (KMP) winter steelhead are in a state of decline from historical numbers in the Klamath Basin. These ocean-maturing fish are relatively more widespread than the stream-maturing summer-run fish, yet still face an uncertain future due to reductions in suitable habitat.
Lack of strong, coordinated protection for wild stocks, combined with reductions in habitat associated with climate change, will continue to negatively impact KMP winter steelhead. Due to dam operations selecting for resident life histories, low adult returns, and negative impacts on wild fish, Iron Gate Hatchery on the Klamath River stopped rearing steelhead in 2013.
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