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Salmon and Steelhead

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. All of these species are anadromous, meaning they are seagoing. Salmon and steelhead migrate from Idaho and other Northwest states through the Columbia River to the 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:

  1. Change to outmigration timing
  2. Lack of access to historic habitat
  3. Habitat loss
  4. Pollution
  5. Harvest
  6. Other out of basin factors

Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF)

Round 21 Request for Project Proposals

The Idaho Governor’s of Office of Species Conservation is accepting project proposals for Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Funding. Proposals are due by 5 pm (Mountain Time) Friday, October 12, 2018.

Submit the entire proposal, including required attachments, to: For submissions larger than 30 MB please contact Adair Muth at 208-332-1559 or Submissions through Dropbox or other file hosting services will not be accepted.

Application Materials:

More Information:

Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program

Staff Contact:

Michael Edmondson


Sockeye Salmon, Photo: Jeremy Sarrow © California Academy of Sciences


"Jumping Steelhead" CC BY-ND 2.0 Greg Shields on Flickr