NOAA Fisheries has issued a final Recovery Plan designed to stabilize and eventually restore steelhead trout numbers in coastal streams from the Santa Maria River in Santa Barbara County south to the United States and Mexico border.
According to biologists, the Southern California distinct population segment of steelhead once numbered over 45,000 but has since declined to less than 500. Southern California steelhead were listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1997. The ESA requires a Recovery Plan be developed when a species is listed under the statute as either threatened or endangered.
source: NOAA FishNews