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CURRENT PROJECTS

Humboldt Bay Mercury Testing Project

RTA is contracted with Bay Keeper to assist in a project testing the methyl-mercury levels in food fishes commonly caught in Humboldt Bay by sports and subsistence fishing. Targeted species include leopard shark, bat ray, California halibut, lingcod, shiner surfperch and several species of clams. RTA assisted with development of sampling methods, capture of fish, and collection of tissue samples. Results expected by August 2017.

Salt River Monitoring Project

Since 2014 RTA has contracted with the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District to conduct fall and winter fisheries sampling for the Salt River Restoration Project. This monitoring continues to document the use of this tidally-influenced habitat in the lower Eel River by juvenile coho salmon, Chinook salmon, tidewater goby and numerous other native fish species.

Mono Basin Fisheries Project

Since 1997, Mr. Taylor has participated in annual population surveys of brown and rainbow trout in Mono Lake tributaries as part of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s long-term settlement agreement to restore the Mono Lake Basin. In 2009 Mr. Taylor was appointed by the State Water Resources Control Board as the program's lead fisheries scientist.

Fish Passage - Project Monitoring

Since 2009 RTA has contracted with NOAA Fisheries to conduct pre-project and post-project monitoring of fish passage projects funded by NOAA. Projects have included dam removal, stream crossing remediation and tide gate modifications. Both physical and biological monitoring methods are employed to evaluate project success and document the biological response of targeted fish species and age-classes. 

Dry Dock Gulch Feasibility Study

RTA is working with Michael Love and Associates, Steinbuck Consulting, California State Parks and Trout Unlimited to assess the feasibility of restoring fish passage into Dry Dock Gulch, a tributary to the Big River, in coastal Mendocino County. RTA's tasks have included water quality monitoring, fish sampling and assisting with development of several alternatives to restore fish passage for over-wintering juvenile coho salmon and steelhead.