Steelhead Season Opener – Dec 1st

Recreational steelhead season begins December 1st (this Friday)! We are looking forward to another year of steelhead fishing on the central coast. MBSTP would like to encourage those of you fishing this season to participate in the CDFW Angler Survey program.  Angler...

Albacore Feed & Casting Clinic

November was a busy month for MBSTP! On the 11th, we held our 40th annual Albacore Feed at the Castroville recreation center and it was a huge success- with our ticket sales, silent auction and raffle bringing in almost $15,000!  This funding will contribute directly...

March Update

Last week MBSTP staff, volunteers, and partners spawned the final females for the 2016 Scott Creek Coho Salmon spawning season. This season approximately 91,120 eggs from 50 captive brood-stock females were fertilized and placed in the incubator. The egg count is up...

Season Update

Now the Season begins. As we humans put our holidays behind us, the fish are coming home to spawn! Here is the business end, updating our work to protect Steelhead & Coho. Our staff, volunteers, and science contractor Stillwater are all working hard on a first draft...

Newsletter: Fall 2015

A New Plan OAA Fisheries is coordinating the final stages of a “Multi-species Recovery Plan” for the salmonids of the California Central Coast. The plan will provide a roadmap for increasing salmonid population sizes. It has been reported to us that the plan includes...

Hatchery Managers Assist Fish by Copying Nature

By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel California’s four years of drought have left coho salmon on the brink of extinction, but the small hatchery near Scott Creek south of San Francisco offers hope for the endangered species. Scientists there at the Kingfisher Flat...

Newsletter: Spring 2015

A Little MBSTP History Below are two photos of Clifford King and his grandson. One was taken at the Powder Mill Rearing Facility at Paradise Park in 1988 and the other was taken in the same place just the other day. Cliff began fishing the San Lorenzo with his father...

Santa Cruz Harbor Meeting with Stakeholders

The Santa Cruz Harbor has entered discussions with a “stakeholder group” in a series of meetings to seek solutions to the impacts caused by the Chinook run that can occur in the Harbor as a result of the MBSTP Salmon Enhancement Program. MBSTP is seeking to work with...

Your Action Needed to Protect Salmon Fishing

You may be aware that the Santa Cruz Harbor plans to severely curtail or close salmon fishing within the harbor. Their current proposal would allow fishing from the Harbor entrance jetties only, with "in-harbor" fishing constrained to specific "approved events" only....

Newsletter: Fall 2014

Hatchery Upgrade Read the Full Newsletter MBSTP is currently improving water quality for fish at the Hatchery. A new “whole Hatchery” filter system is being installed. The filtered water will run through a U/V light sterilizer to kill fungus spoors. The project is on...

Newsletter: Spring 2014

Spring Newsletter: Challenges of 2014 Read the Full Newsletter The 2013-14 spawning and planting season was a challenge! The late rains kept the spawning runs at sea dodging hungry predators. There was a push to complete the plan and permitting for opening Scott Creek...

NOAA Fisheries comes through

NOAA Fisheries comes through with major assistance for needed improvements at the hatchery! They got grant funding to pay for an aquaculture engineer to design a system to provide for water recirculation, sediment removal and filtration, and U/V sterilization to kill...

Coho Brood-stock Captured In San Lorenzo Lagoon

On Wednesday afternoon a team of MBSTP volunteers and staff led by veteran MBSTP activist Matt McCaslin, along with NOAA scientists from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and CDFW representative Jon Jankovitz used a seine net to corral the fish in the San...

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