As in other coastal streams of central California, spawning populations of coho salmon and steelhead have declined significantly from historic numbers in Lagunitas Creek. The declines in abundance have been documented in Lagunitas Creek for almost 20 years.
There is still hope--Within the last three years, coho salmon have experienced improved survival and abundance. Additionally, with the recent implementation of the California Monitoring Program at Lagunitas Creek, fisheries managers at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and NOAA Fisheries are better able to track the status of the population and make decisions on watershed restoration and coho salmon recovery activities. Monitoring of salmon and steelhead in Lagunitas Creek is a coordinated effort involving many entities, including the Department, NOAA Fisheries, National Park Service, Marin Municipal Water District, and the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network.