coho salmon added to endangered species list

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Posted by on August 07, 2004 at 15:52:21:

California Department of Fish and Game

Contact: Bob Treanor, (916) 653-4899

August 6, 2004
California Fish and Game Commission
Approves Protections for Coho Salmon

The California Fish and Game Commission has approved new protections for coho salmon, adding them to the list of threatened and endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act.

The five-member Commission voted 4-0 in favor of listing coho salmon at its August 5-6 hearing in Bridgeport, California. The action will provide protection for the species currently not available under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Coho salmon will be listed as “endangered” between San Francisco and Punta Gorda (Humboldt County), and “threatened” between Punta Gorda and the Oregon border. The commission’s vote concludes a lengthy process that began in August 2002, when it found that populations of coho salmon warranted new protections.

Since the 1960s, the coho salmon population between San Francisco and the Oregon border has declined 70 percent.

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