Chinook Salmon Coastal Release: Santa Cruz Wharf


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW)
Document Title
Chinook Salmon Coastal Release: Santa Cruz Wharf
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Coastal Zone

Document Description
California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Mokelumne River Hatchery (MOK) would deliver 160,000 Central Valley fall-run Chinook Salmon (CV FRCS) smolts to the Project location for direct release (if possible) at the designated location on Santa Cruz Wharf in Monterey Bay in 2021 and again in 2022. MBSTP is implementing this Project. CDFW would deliver MOK CV FRCS smolts to Santa Cruz Wharf in mid-May of 2021 and 2022. Exact dates and times would be scheduled as the time draws near and are dependent on fish size, growth rates, and environmental conditions in Monterey Bay. All smolts would be transported in a single trip each year, using 2-4 fish transport trucks (dependent upon loading density/fish size). Water in transport trucks would be salted prior to on-loading fish to initiate smoltification and aid in acclimation to the marine environment. If conditions do not allow for discharge from transport trucks on Santa Cruz Wharf, smolts would be discharged into a net barge in Santa Cruz Harbor (36.963907°, -122.002198°) and be towed out and released to the ocean as soon as is safely possible, and no more than 24 hours from offload. The Project’s objective is to enhance the commercial and recreational salmon ocean fishery.

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

Phone : (916) 376-1723


36°57'31.5"N 122°1'2.6"W
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Southern California
Cross Streets
Municipal Wharf and Beach Street
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Boony Doon, Santa Cruz Skypark
Santa Cruz High School
Monterey Bay, San Lorenzo River

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Juvenile Chinook Salmon release)
Local Action
Fish release
Project Issues
Biological Resources Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hydrology/Water Quality Public Services Recreation
Reviewing Agencies
California Coastal Commission (CCC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT) California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT) California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Natural Resources Agency California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Delta Stewardship Council State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
SantaCruz_InitialStudyND_Maps   PDF 1178 K SantaCruz_NOI   PDF 104 K SantaCruz_OPR_Summary_Form   PDF 578 K SantaCruzMap   PDF 322 K
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
SantaCruz_NOC   PDF 331 K

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