Fish Rescues

Every year parts of the Carmel River and most of its tributaries go dry because of excessive pumping of water to meet the needs of humans. When this happens fish stranded in these drying reaches will die without intervention by caring people.
Every year CRSA members along with many other volunteers, armed with Backpack Electroshockers, nets and aerated buckets, search the areas known to go dry and capture stranded fish. These fish are then relocated to areas in the mainstem Carmel River that will not go dry. Without the efforts of CRSA volunteers, thousands of fish annually would die and cause an even further reduction in steelhead numbers or the possible extinction of steelhead in the Carmel River. You could be a part of this program to preserve our native run of fish.

Use the link below to view CRSA Fish Rescue Report Data through the years:


The Carmel River Steelhead Association is an all-volunteer organization. While the CRSA board members do the day-to-day work for the organization, it is the countless other volunteers that are the backbone of CRSA. Without the help of many, CRSA could not do the fish rescues, habitat improvements, river cleanups, or water advocacy that have helped steelhead since 1974.

Please consider signing up to become a CRSA volunteer. There is no requirement that anyone participate in every effort or any particular effort in a given year. Just join us when you have time or the activity seems interesting. As a volunteer you will receive the CRSA newsletter and emails when volunteers are needed as well as an email on the results of the project.

"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not ____ they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau