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In Central California, Coho Salmon Are on the Brink

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Science  29 Jan 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5965, pp. 512-513
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5965.512

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The subspecies of coho that lives along the central California coast is the most endangered of the many troubled salmon populations on the West Coast of North America. Listed as an endangered species in 2006, the central coast coho's numbers have recently taken an even sharper turn for the worse. As this year's winter spawning season draws to an end, biologists who've been surveying streams and rivers throughout the fish's range are reporting dismal numbers. A federal species recovery plan to be released next month has morphed into a species survival plan.