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
The Big Idea
Idea: Steelhead are an indicator species of a healthy river, and by protecting the steelhead, the Carmel River Steelhead Association protects the whole ecosystem of the Carmel River. This year they have already rescued over 11,000 stranded fish. They hope to install two PIT tag readers on Cachagua Creek to monitor fish coming and going, thereby being able to continue their rescue mission and determine the importance of that tributary. The big-picture goal is to restore the river to as close to
its natural habitat as possible, supporting an annual run of 2,000 adult steelhead.
The Carmel River Steelhead Association (CRSA) has been critical to the preservation of the Carmel River, the Carmel River watershed and its threatened species in a number of ways. CRSA is the most active local organization in annual fish rescues and adding large woody debris to the River in various areas of need. The CRSA is also highly active in the Carmel River Task Force and its committees, which spearhead numerous projects that are necessary for restoring the watershed to its former health and beauty.
- Abbie L. Beane, Executive Director Carmel River Watershed Conservancy