Chinook Salmon Coastal Release: Pillar Point Harbor

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW)
Document Title
Chinook Salmon Coastal Release: Pillar Point Harbor
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Coastal Zone
Document Description
The CFC proposes to release 750,000 juvenile hatchery-origin Central Valley fall-run Chinook Salmon into Pillar Point Harbor in 2022, 2023 and 2024. Juvenile salmon will be fractionally tagged with a Coded-Wire Tag (CWT) and marked with an adipose fin-clip at a rate of 25% of the total number of released fish, which matches requirements for mitigation and enhancement fish. The CFC, in anticipation of fish delivery from MOK to the Pillar Point Harbor, has secured necessary equipment. CFC is prepared to provide both staffing and logistical support to facilitate release of fish at the Project location. This includes necessary boats provided and operated by CFC to assist with net pen movement and release of smolts. CFC will provide, assemble, and deploy a floating net pen that has an inner net to contain juvenile salmon, an outer net to exclude predators, and overall net to exclude birds, and an automated feeder. Fish will be delivered from the MOK on a weekly basis in increments of approximately 250,000 fish using CDFW hatchery trucks. Once fish are delivered into the net pen, it will be towed by CFC volunteers to an existing mooring location in outer Pillar Point Harbor. Fish will be acclimated in the floating net pen for 5 days at which point, CFC will tow the net pen outside of the harbor and the inner net will be removed to allow the juvenile salmon to escape into the ocean. The fish will be released in the outer harbor on an outgoing tide to facilitate their rapid exit to the ocean and to minimize in-harbor predation. CFC will then tow the net pen back to Johnson Pier for the next delivery, or if all deliveries have been completed, to the Pillar Point launch ramp for cleaning, disassembly, and storage. CFC Chinook Salmon Coastal Release Project in Pillar Point Harbor will release 750,000 fish each year, in the spring of 2022, 2023 and 2024. This project is contingent upon CDFW approval after completion of CEQA. Project results will be assessed using data acquired from CDFW landings, carcass surveys, and monitoring programs.

Contact Information

Robyn Bilski
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor)
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Half Moon Bay
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

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (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 Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Other (Juvenile Chinook Salmon release)
Local Actions
Fish release
Project Issues
Biological Resources, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hydrology/Water Quality, Public Services, Recreation
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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