Advocating For Steelhead Since 1974

The mission of the Carmel River Steelhead Association (CRSA) is the restoration and conservation of the federally threatened steelhead fishery on the Carmel River and its watershed. The primary goal is to return the Carmel River watershed to as natural a state as possible so that it will maintain an annual run of adult steelhead in excess of 2,000 fish. One extremely important annual project is the rescue of fingerlings in the lower river and tributaries as water dries up in the summer. Since the organization’s formation, CRSA members have volunteered an average of 500 hours per year and rescued approximately 10,000 young steelhead per year. These tiny fish are put in the lagoon or areas of the river where there is a chance for survival.

Since its founding in 1974 the CRSA has accomplished much to benefit the native steelhead of the Carmel River.


Special Event


On Thursday July 20, 2017 CRSA is proud to have Dr. Cynthia Le Doux-Bloom speak to members and all interested parties about striped bass.

Dr. Cynthia Le Doux-Bloom has been leading anadromous fish studies in California, Washington, and the Gulf of Alaska for over 25 years. Her work investigates fish-habitat relationships, watershed assessment, and habitat restoration effectiveness. She provides expertise on acoustic biotelemetry, the effects of water export, construction, and anthropogenic noise on fish physiology and behavior, fish capture and handling techniques, and striped bass predation.

Cynthia studied marine biology at UC Santa Cruz (B.S.), fisheries science at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories through San Jose State University (M.S.), and completed her Ph.D. in Animal Biology at UC Davis. Her doctoral research focused on sub-adult striped bass movement and habitat use. Prior to consulting, Cynthia was a scientist for the State of California for 20 years (DFW and DWR) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She is a Certified Fisheries Professional by the American Fisheries Society and was recently appointed by the State of California Natural Resource Agency’s Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program as the salmonid scientist.

Cynthia will be presenting information on striped bass (Morone saxatilis). Topics include introduction and distribution in California, life history, population changes, and results of recent diet studies and eradication efforts in the Delta.

This is a must-hear lecture for anyone wanting to know anything about stripers and how they affect our local waters. Because of the interest in this topic we have arranged to meet at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove on Thursday July 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM.


Fish Rescues

For over 30 years CRSA has rescued stranded fish from drying stretches of the Carmel River and its tributaries. Learn more about this important program.

Habitat Improvement

In 1997 the Carmel River was listed as one of the ten most endangered rivers in the United States. There were many reasons for this listing including loss of habitat for steelhead. CRSA has worked for over forty years to rebuild habitat for steelhead and other species. Learn more about this program.

Water Advocacy

With so many people and agencies wanting water, someone must advocate for water for fish. CRSA has done this since its inception by education, pleading, negotiating, arm-turning and if necessary, legal action. Learn more about how we speak for fish.

Get Involved

Learn about the ways you can support CRSA and our work.