Pescadero and Butano Creek Fish Tracking

Pescadero and Butano Creek Fish Tracking

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Project Goal:

As part of an expansion to research on Pescadero Creek, a PIT antenna on Butano Creek will track steelhead and coho salmon on their annual spawning runs and will provide us with important information on population estimates and behaviors and will also provide important baseline data with which to gauge restoration efficacy in the watershed.


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Ongoing

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Project Funders

Private donations

NOAA Restoration Center

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Project Description

This project is an enhancement of the existing PIT antenna pilot project on Pescadero Creek and its expansion to Butano Creek, the other major tributary of the Pescadero Marsh. PIT antennas on Butano Creek will complement the existing antennas on Pescadero Creek to track steelhead and coho salmon on their annual spawning runs and will provide us with important information on migration timing and behaviors. This data collection is critical to understanding population dynamics of steelhead, tracking coho salmon movement, and gauging the success of restoration work throughout the Pescadero Marsh, as well as informing future restoration work.

Success for this project requires that we expand our existing antenna sites into at least one upstream location in both Pescadero and Butano creeks to help us estimate survival of juvenile steelhead and coho salmon.

We will build upon existing annual population surveys conducted by CDFW to collect data that can indicate proportions of adult fish returning to each tributary to spawn and relative survival rates to adulthood over the next three years.

Pescadero Marsh is also one of the few remaining places in the greater San Francisco Bay Area where anglers have the opportunity to practice catch and release fishing for Central California Coast steelhead, now a federally threatened species. Pescadero’s unique character and strong angling history make it a prime candidate for formal designation under the California Wild & Heritage Trout Program, which ongoing angler survey outreach with Trout Unlimited and Peninsula Fly Fishers are helping to drive with angler-provided data.

Project Partners:

CDFW

Trout Unlimited

San Mateo Resource Conservation District

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