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CalFish is the leading source for California anadromous fish and stream habitat data, as well as the standards and tools needed to collect, understand, manage, analyze, and share those data. Read more... 
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What's New on CalFish

 2014 Coastal Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program (PDF)

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with NOAA Fisheries, has produced an informational “glossy” document for the California Coastal Monitoring Program for salmon and steelhead. This is the most comprehensive program to date that provides a complete understanding of California’s salmon and steelhead populations, utilizing statistically rigorous modeling in combination with a variety of in-river sampling and survey methods.

 Passage Assessment Database (PAD) Updated May 2014

The Passage Assessment Database contains locations and descriptions of known and potential barriers to salmonid migration in California streams.

 New Map Viewer Available

A new internet based map and data viewer (BIOS 5) has been developed by the BIOS team in the Biogeographic Data Branch of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This new tool is available now and has replaced the older Map Viewer that CalFish has been using; the older CalFish Map Viewer has been discontinued as of 12/31/13. More information is available here.

 CalFish and PAD Presentation at the March 2013 SRF Conference

CalFish and the PAD was presented at the March 2013 Salmonid Restoration Federation conference in Fortuna, California. The presentation is now available as a download from CalFish.

 Reports Describing Fish Passage Barriers Remediated in 2011 Now Available

CalFish would like to bring more attention to fish passage barriers that are removed each year. Starting with barriers removed in 2011, CalFish now offers a map based search tool for detailed reports that describe barriers that were remediated.

 New Restoration Groups by Watershed Tool Can Help Facilitate Collaboration

The new Restoration Groups by Watershed tool helps facilitate collaboration by providing names of groups or agencies working in a hydrologic unit with links to their websites. A map based search for this information can be performed through the Restoration Groups by Watershed tool found on the Additional Resources tab of the Restoration Groups by Watershed program page. Information is currently available for coastal watersheds north of and including Sonoma County and south of and including Monterey County.

 New Data Explorer Tool Makes CalFish Data Search Quick and Easy

The CalFish Data Explorer is a new tool that allows you to quickly and easily determine if the CalFish site offers the data you are searching for. In addition, the Data Explorer includes a complete description of the different ways you can access and review each data set.


Featured Tool - New Map Viewer

Map Viewer Bookmarks The new map and data viewer (BIOS 5) has many enhancements which are detailed in the User Guide (3.3MB pdf).
This new tool is available now and has replaced the older Map Viewer that CalFish has been using.

CalFish will continue to offer a collection of Map Viewer bookmarks which can be used to open the new BIOS 5 Map Viewer with specific collections of data grouped to offer information that answer common fisheries related questions.

Program Spotlight

The CalFish Abundance Database contains a significant amount of information regarding the current and historic status of California's anadromous fish. The data were collected in many different ways including: in-stream salmon carcass counts, salmon redd counts, live fish counted passing dams or weirs, and fish observed during summer snorkeling surveys. All of the data are assigned a spatial location and can be displayed on a map.

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Partner Agencies

US Forest Service California Natural Resources Agency Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission California Department of Transportation California Department of Transportation California Coastal Conservancy California Coastal Conservancy California Department of Water Resources NOAA Fisheries Service NOAA Fisheries Service U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service California Department of Fish & Wildlife