The Coastal Cutthroat Trout Inter-agency Committee is a collaborative effort between state, federal, and tribal natural resource agencies. This website is intended to provide information about our activities.
Most recently, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and The Coastal Cutthroat Trout Inter-agency Committee hosted a Coastal Cutthroat Trout Symposium and Workshop in Newport, Oregon November 7-8, 2018. The objective of the symposium was to update the information presented in the 1995, 2005, and 2011 symposia. The goal of the symposium is to improve our understanding of the biology of Coastal Cutthroat Trout, provide information on the current status of the sub-species, and continue to encourage a collaborative approach towards improved conservation and management. Presentations are available here.
About the species
Coastal cutthroat trout are a native fish that live in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest of North America. They are a subspecies of trout and are unique in that some populations have a sea-going (or “anadromous”) component. They are geographically distributed from the Eel River, California to Prince William Sound, Alaska. They spawn in the headwaters of streams and, depending on their life history, migrate to mainstem rivers, lakes, estuaries, or the open ocean. In locations where their spawning locations overlap with rainbow trout, there can be significant natural hybridization.
The mission of the Coastal Cutthroat Trout Interagency Committee, administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, is to “develop a consistent framework to help guide and prioritize conservation, management, research, and restoration of coastal cutthroat trout throughout their native range”.
The activities of the group are important because the status of coastal cutthroat trout is largely unknown, and some information suggests that their abundance has decreased from that of historic populations. Our group is focusing on improving our understanding of the biology and status of coastal cutthroat trout through collaboration, data sharing, and coordinating activities.