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Carmel River Steelhead Association


The mission of the Carmel River Steelhead Association (CRSA) is the restoration and conservation of the federally threatened steelhead fishery on the Carmel River and its watershed. The primary goal is to return the Carmel River watershed to as natural a state as possible so that it will maintain an annual run of adult steelhead in excess of 2,000 fish.

The Big Idea

Steelhead in Carmel River are an important species of fish that indicates a healthy river. The Carmel River Steelhead Association restores and conserves the threatened steelhead fishery and its watershed on the Carmel River, protecting this ecosystem that is enjoyed by a diverse range of wildlife and also the human residents of Monterey County. This nonprofit’s Big Idea is to fund two Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags to track the movement of tagged steelhead in Cachagua Creek, better understanding the population.

The Carmel River Steelhead Association performs a critical service to both the fish in our creeks and to the residents of our region. They advocate for habitat and water quality improvements throughout the watershed, as well as train and organize teams of volunteers to do the difficult work of climbing through miles of creek bed and poison oak to rescue juvenile fish that would otherwise perish in drying streams. Steelhead are a key component of our shared natural heritage and the Carmel River Steelhead Association is dedicated to the conservation and continued success of Steelhead recovery in the Carmel River Watershed.

- Jennifer Hunter

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