Welcome to MBSTP! The Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project Dedicated to the recovery of the native salmon and steelhead populations of the greater Monterey Bay Area. ABOUT US ABOUT OUR FACILITY Our Facility Is Operated In Cooperation With NOAA Scientists Thus Facilitating Rapid Strides Forward In Salmon Science. OUR FACILITY Become a Volunteer! Check the volunteer calendar and sign-up to recover our salmon! VOLUNTEER TODAY! Our Genetic Conservation and Recovery Hatchery Can Sustain and Rebuild The Unique Races of Salmonids Native to the Greater Monterey Bay Region. We Can Rebuild Stocks With Fish Derived From The Native Gene-pool. Your Donations Will Make It Possible! ABOUT THE MONTEREY BAY PROJECT
Founded in 1976, the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project (MBSTP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and enhancement of the native salmon and steelhead populations of the greater Monterey Bay area.
Fishermen can be conservationists and good stewards of the local watershed. Supporting MBSTP is a way to express that stewardship.
- MIKE BAXTER
Learn how you can help and sign up now! Coho Salmon and Steeelhead
The MBSTP operates a genetic conservation hatchery and rearing facility to supplement natural production which has been reduced due to habitat degradation and drought. A native coho captive brood-stock is being used to re-establish dwindling coho populations. The Steelhead production is done to ensure good returns, especially when river rearing conditions are bad. The MBSTP spawned and reared fish are of the local wild genotype, and every effort is made to maximize genetic diversity.
The MBSTP currently operates the Salmon & Trout Education Program (STEP) typically in over 100 classrooms in the greater Monterey Bay Region each year. This elementary through high school grade level curriculum helps support salmonid conservation and recovery in that the students become motivated to recover their local salmon populations. The curriculum satisfies California State science class requirements. New teachers are trained every year in January or early February. The students get to incubate and hatch their local native steelhead, and then release them into their native waters.
Chinook Salmon Enhancement
The MBSTP operates a salt-water net pen in Santa Cruz harbor to acclimate Chinook salmon fingerlings obtained from the Feather River or Mokulmne Hatchery into the ocean. The Program enhances salmon fishing in the Monterey Bay area. Thousands of mature King salmon from this Program are caught by anglers annually. A coded wire tag study has been collecting data on the net-pen reared fish.
Grant funding from the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program helps pay for the Coho Program but a State law prevents these funds from being spent on hatchery repair, maintenance, upgrade and expansion. The steelhead and program is funded entirely by donations. STEP and the Chinook Program require a mix of grant funding and individual donations.