COMMENTS NEEDED TO PROTECT
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STEELHEAD TROUT
National Marine Fisheries Service needs to hear from you in
support of expanded Endangered Species Act protections for
steelhead trout in southern California.
to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies,
the Fisheries Service in December proposed to extend ESA protection
for the southernmost population of steelhead trout in North
America from Malibu Creek in Los Angeles County south to San
Mateo Creek in San Diego County. The proposal is a step in
the right direction, but still does not provide protection
to important steelhead populations and habitat upstream of
dams and in several prime San Diego County streams, many located
on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
are a unique form of rainbow trout. Like salmon, they spent
most of their adult life in the ocean, but spawn in freshwater
streams and rivers. Tens of thousands of the prized sport
fish used to return to southern California streams every year.
Dams, urban development, and livestock grazing have decimated
steelhead runs and today only a few hundred fish make the
yearly pilgrimage. Studies conducted by the Fisheries Service's
own biologists and independent scientists demonstrate the
importance of spawning habitat upstream of dams and south
of San Mateo Creek.
send a letter to the Fisheries Service before March 22 addressing
the following points.
the Fisheries Service for proposing to extend Endangered
Species Act protections for southern steelhead south of
Fisheries Service should extend ESA protections to the southern
edge of the species in northern Baja and not just to San
Mateo Creek in northern San Diego County.
Fisheries Service should extend ESA protections to southern
steelhead/rainbow trout above dams throughout the range
of the species.
Fihseries Service should designate critical habitat for
southern steelhead upstream of dams, along San Mateo Creek
and in other Orange and San Diego County streams.
also attend the public hearing now scheduled in San Clemente
on March 12, 6-9pm, 100 N Calle Seville. Mail
or fax your comments to:
National Marine Fisheries Service
501 West Ocean Blvd. Suite 4200
Long Beach CA 90802-4213
FAX (562) 980-4027