Central California Coast Coho Photo Gallery
Central California Coast Coho salmon is at a high risk of extinction. To save this species, we are working with partners throughout its range to help bring them back.
The Central California Coast evolutionarily significant unit (called an "ESU") of coho salmon is one of NOAA Fisheries’ Species in the Spotlight. Central California Coast coho were first listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1996, and reclassified as endangered in 2005. This unique run of coho salmon, at the southern extent of the species’ range, has teetered on the brink of extinction. By the late 1990s, coho salmon were reduced to only a few remaining places and on the verge of extinction.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our many partners, coho salmon were successfully reintroduced to several watersheds where coho had been locally extinct—and natural reproduction is now occurring.