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Golden Gate Salmon Association Announces Central Valley Salmon Rebuilding Plan
by Dan Bacher
Thursday Nov 1st, 2012 6:14 PM
“GGSA is optimistic that, when implemented, this plan will bring salmon populations back to sustainable levels at early dates and preserve both the species and the industry that depends on it, “states Victor Gonella, President of Golden Gate Salmon Association.

Photo of Sacramento River at Hamilton City Bridge by Dan Bacher. The Sacramento River fall Chinook salmon run is the driver of West Coast salmon fisheries.

Golden Gate Salmon Association Announces Central Valley Salmon Rebuilding Plan

Petaluma, CA. – October 31, 2012 – GGSA (http://www.goldengatesalmonassociation.com) has drafted two dozen projects which will significantly rebuild and preserve California salmon and benefit not only the species, but also commercial and recreational fishermen, coastal communities that rely on the industry, and consumers who enjoy this nutritious food source.

GGSA has collaborated with leading agency experts, including NMFS, DFG, and USFWS, to produce a comprehensive plan which will improve each stage of the salmon life cycle including spawning success, incubation survival, rearing and out migration. It will do this by providing flow, temperature and physical habitat improvements.

It will also provide benefits for all four salmon runs, including both wild stocks as well as hatchery fish. The recently updated draft plan is currently under review by the agencies and stakeholder groups. It does not call for eradication of predator species.

“GGSA is optimistic that, when implemented, this plan will bring salmon populations back to sustainable levels at early dates and preserve both the species and the industry that depends on it, “states Victor Gonella, President of Golden Gate Salmon Association.

Golden Gate Salmon Association is a coalition of salmon advocates that includes commercial and recreational salmon fisherman, businesses, restaurants, tribes, environmentalists, elected officials, families and communities that rely on salmon. Their mission is to protect and restore California’s largest salmon producing habitat comprised of the Central Valley river’s that feed the Bay-Delta ecosystem and the communities that rely on salmon as a long-term, sustainable, commercial, recreational and cultural resource.

Currently, California’s salmon industry is valued at $1.4 billion in economic activity annually and about half that much in economic activity and jobs again in Oregon. The industry employs tens of thousands of people from Santa Barbara to northern Oregon. This is a huge economic bloc made up of commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen (fresh and salt water), fish processors, marinas, coastal communities, equipment manufacturers, the hotel and food industry, tribes, and the salmon fishing industry at large.

Please check out our new salmon video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0ct3gSUiTU.

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