LEVEL OF CONCERN: CRITICAL
There are probably only one or two self-sustaining populations in California. It is highly likely that Pink salmon will disappear from California streams (except as strays from northern populations) within the next 25-50 years, if they have not already.
Pink salmon in California are considered by many to be strays from more northern populations. However, the existence of very small but consistent spawning runs in Redwood Creek and the Garcia River watershed over the last fifteen years call this determination into question. These recent observations suggest that small and very fragile populations still exist in the state, and have been overlooked or ignored. Despite the slight increase in Level of Concern since 2008, Pink salmon are vulnerable to anthropogenic threats.
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