The Coastal Cutthroat is located in watersheds from California to Prince William Sound in Alaska. However, several populations in western Oregon are thought to be at moderate risk of extinction, because of ocean conditions and habitat-related problems. Unlike most other salmon species, the Coastal Cutthroat can spawn more than once. They have bright red streaks located on their lower jaw, and a dense pattern of spots across the body, completely covering the tail. Adult cutthroat average 1 to 4 pounds, and can reach 20 inches in length.
Since 2009, the Western Native Trout Initiative has contributed over $320,000 to 13 projects benefiting Coastal Cutthroat Trout. Project goals have been diverse – everything from genetic analysis, state and range-wide population assessments, habitat restoration and enhancement to provide spawning and rearing habitat and improved fish passage, and public education and outreach activities. Along with our partners, WNTI is in the process of conducting a range-wide assessment for Coastal Cutthroat Trout. As part of this effort, a web-based mapping application has been developed to support the range-wide assessment.
Click here to read more about Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan.
Read more about Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s Coastal Cutthroat Trout.
Click here to read more about Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game’s Coastal Cutthroat Trout conservation program.
Read more about California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s Coastal Cutthroat Trout conservation and management.
Click here to read more from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about Coastal Cutthroat Trout.
Coastal Cutthroat Trout Photo Gallery
Coastal Cutthroat Trout photos below are courtesy of James Losee, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Coastal Cutthroat Trout photo below provided by Kitty Griswold and Dave Buchanan.