NMFS Releases Draft Recovery Plan for Steelhead on the South-Central California Coast
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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has released a public draft recovery plan for the distinct population segment (DPS) of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) that occupies California's South-Central Coast.  NMFS announced the availability of the draft recovery plan and issued a request for comments in the Federal Register (pdf).  Steelhead are anadromous fish that spawn in coastal watersheds, rear in freshwater or estuarine habitats, and migrate to the ocean for the balance of their lives.  The South-Central Coast DPS extends from south of San Luis Obispo in the south to north of Watsonville in the north.  A map depicting the DPS along with other California populations is available here (pdf).  The current deadline to comment on the draft recovery plan is 5:00 p.m. on December 18, 2012.

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