Salmonid Restoration Federation
2020 Vision for California’s Salmonscape
March 31 - April 3, 2020
Santa Cruz, California

The 38th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference is indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19. It is not feasible to produce the conference in the fall as we had hoped. We are exploring holding the 38th Annual Conference as a virtual event if it is not feasible to host a live conference in April 2021.

Please consider donating your conference fees to SRF or to our newly created scholarship fund. To request a refund for your 2020 conference registration, please fill out this form. Email if you have any questions regarding your refund status, or if you would like to donate part or all of your registration fee to our newly created scholarship fund.

The digital version of the 2020 SRF Conference Proceedings will remain available online. 

Plenary Session

Of Salmon and People: Tending to Nature, Tending Ourselves
Rene Henery, PhD, California Science Director, Trout Unlimited
California Salmonscape: Science, Art, and Seafood
Ray Troll, and Sarah Mesnick, PhD, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries
Sharpening our Vision for California’s Salmon Restoration Approaches
Chuck Bonham, Director, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Strategies to Protect and Restore California’s Ocean Ecosystems
Margaret Spring, Chief Conservation and Science Officer, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Field Tours

  • Los Padres Fish Passage Projects
  • It Takes A Watershed: Fisheries Recovery in the Butano/Pescadero Watershed
  • Restoring Processes - San Clemente Dam Removal and Floodplain Restoration, Carmel River 
  • 18 Years of Managing Mountain Bikes, Sediment, and Legacy Logging to Improve Salmonid Habitat
  • Salmonid Recovery in the San Lorenzo River Watershed: Water, Wood and Working with Neighbors
  • Scotts Creek Tour: A Three-Pronged Approach to Coho Recovery


  • Fish Passage Design for Road Crossings Workshop and Field Tour (2-day Workshop)
  • Assessing Ecological Risks from Streamflow Diversions in Coastal California Streams
  • Accelerating Coho and Steelhead Recovery
  • Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration with Beaver and Wood: Jump-Starting Structurally Starved Streams

Concurrent Sessions

  • Approaches for Management and Restoration of Central California Coastal Lagoons
  • Sediment: Management Challenges and the Foundation Of Habitat
  • Understanding Historical Context to Inform Current Salmonid Recovery Planning
  • Creating Opportunities for Community Involvement to Address Common Urban Stream Management Issues
  • Seascape Ecology Overview: Current Events, Movement and Migration
  • The Science Informing Salmonid Reintroductions
  • (Un)Dam it! Dam Removal and Fish Passage Projects in California
  • Anadromous Salmonid Habitat Suitability Criteria
  • The Influence of Food Webs on Salmonid Growth and Performance: A Forgotten Link to Species Resilience
  • Challenges and Innovations in Salmonid Lifecycle Monitoring in Coastal Streams
  • Hydrologic Management Insights from Instrumented Watersheds
The Poster Session is 7-10 pm on Thursday, April 2 at the Cocoanut Grove. This annual event is open to all conference attendees and a great venue to network with your peers. There is no cost to attend or present a poster. We encourage posters, pamphlet distribution, software exhibits, and multimedia (video) presentations.
If you would like to present during the Poster Session, click here to pre-register.
Please email info@calsalmon with any questions about the poster session.

Cocoanut Grove
400 Beach St,
Santa Cruz , CA