For Immediate Release: 5 October 2009 Contact: Cori Hach 415.561.3474 ext. 226 cell: 970.274.0600 Russian River Tour to Highlight Importance of Restoration
HEALDSBURG – On Thursday, 8 October, local and regional elected representatives, landowners, and natural resource managers will be joined by a coalition of fisheries experts, conservationists, and commercial fishermen for a tour of salmon restoration efforts in the Russian River watershed. Participants will go behind the scenes of restoration and management on the lower Russian River, and diverse stakeholders-from viticulturists to salmon advocates to water managers-will have a chance to talk about the issues that they care about most.
In light of the complete closure of the California salmon season the past two years, it has become impossible to ignore the increasingly critical role that restoration plays in maintaining healthy and abundant salmon populations.
“We need good rivers to produce good salmon,” said Dave Yarger, president of the Fishermen’s Marketing Association of Bodega Bay. “We have to restore the rivers to make our fishing feasible.”
The tour – presented by the Institute for Fisheries Resources and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission – will visit the innovative California coho captive broodstock program, an exciting bioengineering project on the mainstem of the Russian River, a restored gravel mining site, and the pioneering restoration (as well as the tasting room!) at Quivira Vineyards.
What: Tour of salmonid restoration sites of the Russian River watershed
Where: Various locations along the Russian River, departing from the small conference room at 401 Grove Street, Healdsburg CA.
When: Thursday, 8 October, 9AM to 3:30PM
Who: Elected representatives and officials, natural resource managers, fisheries experts, non-profit organizations, conservationists, and commercial fishermen.
Why: To highlight the importance of restoration in maintaining wild salmon populations in a river system with many, often competing uses.
Additional Information: We will be traveling from site to site meeting different presenters throughout the day. Reporters are encouraged to attend the entire tour, as there will be great opportunities during travel to engage in and listen in on conversations between diverse stakeholders. However, if necessary it may be possible for reporters to meet up at a specific site without attending the entire tour. Please call ASAP to coordinate.
Americorps USA Watershed Stewards Project Institute for Fisheries Resources PO Box 29196 San Francisco, CA 94129 phone: 415.561.3474 ext. 226 fax: 415.561.5464