Chinook Salmon Coastal Release Project in Pillar Point Harbor

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife (Headquarters), Habitat Conservation Planning Branch - Sacramento (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning )
Document Title
Chinook Salmon Coastal Release Project in Pillar Point Harbor
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Project Applicant
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Present Land Use
Coastal Zone

Document Description
California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Mokelumne River Hatchery (MOK) would deliver 750,000 Central Valley fall-run Chinook Salmon (CV FRCS) smolts to the Project location for acclimation and subsequent release in Pillar Point Harbor or nearby open ocean in 2020. Trucks would be loaded, and fish transported according to MOK established standard operating procedures for transportation of salmon. Water in the trucks would be salted prior to adding fish at the hatchery. CDFW would deliver MOK CV FRCS smolts to Pillar Point Harbor in spring of 2020. Exact dates and times would be scheduled as the time draws near and are dependent on fish size, growth rates, and environmental conditions in Pillar Point Harbor. Smolts would be transported in small batch increments on a weekly basis for 5-day acclimation in the pen followed by ocean release until all 750,000 smolts are released. CFC is implementing this project. CFC would provide all necessary boats for towing and servicing pen and fish as well as any other operational logistics. The Project’s objective is to enhance the commercial and recreational salmon ocean fishery.

Contact Information
Ryon Kurth
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Fisheries Branch P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 92444-2090

Phone : (916) 376-1723


37°30'4.6"N 122°28'57.8"W
El Granada
San Mateo
Northern California
Cross Streets
Johnson Pier and Pillar Point Harbor Blvd
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Half Moon Bay Airport
Picasso, Wilkinson, El Granada
Denniston Creek, Deer Creek, Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Juvenile Chinook Salmon release/net pen acclimation)
Local Action
Other Action Fish release/net pen
Project Issues
Biological Resources Greenhouse Gas Emissions Public Services Recreation/Parks Water Quality
Reviewing Agencies
California Coastal Commission California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways California Department of Transportation, District 4 California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics California Department of Water Resources California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission California Natural Resources Agency California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 California State Lands Commission Delta Stewardship Council Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality


Environmental Document
PillarPoint_InitialStudy_ND_Maps   PDF 3032 K PillarPoint_NOI   DOCX 26 K PillarPoint_OPR_Summary_Form   PDF 577 K PillarPointMap   PNG 724 K
PillarPoint_NOC   PDF 820 K

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