BENEFITING: CENTRAL COAST SALMON ENHANCEMENT
Long known for our Net-pen program raising Chinook salmon for the commercial and sport fishing communities, CCSE is seeking seed funds to get the pens back in the water at Whale Rock Reservoir near Cayucos. Exploring how the pens can be used to support Steelhead recovery, CCSE will be partnering with Cal Poly and the City of San Luis Obispo to determine the feasibility of using the pens to study the genetics of Whale Rock trout with the potential objective of operating a conservation hatchery at the site.
Initially, the pens will be used to trap, tag and assess through recapture, what the trout population looks like and how diverse the assemblage of fishes in the reservoir is. Funds will be used to get the pens into the water and conduct any necessary repairs.