Several species of salmon and steelhead are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) were listed as endangered in 1992, Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) listed in 1992 (two runs of Chinook: spring/summer and fall), and steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) listed in 1998. As juveniles these fish migrate to the ocean and grow to maturity in the north Pacific Ocean. They return to their native rivers and creeks to spawn and continue the cycle.Many factors are to blame for the decline in salmon and steelhead populations. Some of the leading causes include:
- Ocean conditions
- Habitat degradation
- Water pollution
- Lack of access to historic habitat
- Other out of basin factors
Idaho Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund Program:
The Idaho Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund Program manages the State of Idaho’s allocation from the federal Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF). PCSRF was established by Congress in 2000 to restore and conserve Pacific salmon and steelhead populations and their habitat.
Announcement: The Idaho PCSRF Board will meet on June 21, 2019 from 9 am to 12 pm to address requests by project sponsors for current PCSRF-funded projects. The meeting is open to the public and will be in the Trophy Room at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 600 S Walnut St, Boise, ID. Meeting agenda.
Federal Guidelines applicable to PCSRF awards and sub-awards by grant year: