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December, 2015

 

Major Threats Exist for Salmon, Stripers and Bass

It seems to never end.  The health of our delta, bay and ocean fisheries continues to suffer from political attacks, the drought and inaction by those who could change the outlook.

Congress has been working for over four years on a drought bill.  Earlier this year the House of Representatives passed a bill authored by Congressman David Valadao of Hanford in the Central Valley.  The bill represented a disaster for the Central Valley fisheries.  It overturned biological pumping protections for the salmon and gave the water to San Joaquin agriculture.  It also initiated the eradication of stripers and bass.  Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer introduced another bill in the Senate.  It mostly maintained the salmon biological protections but initiated eradication.  Fortunately, two weeks ago the House and Senate negotiations broke down and those bills appear dead for now.  However, new bills are now on the horizon.  Stay tuned.  We will probably ask you to write letters to Congress again once the new threats become clear.

The drought has severely impacted the wild salmon populations.  A successful fishing outlook for 2016 and 2017 and maybe even 2018 is very much in question.   Lethal egg temperatures in the rivers and tributaries destroyed 95% of the incubating eggs in 2014 and likely did the same in 2015 when mismanagement of the Shasta reservoir let the temperatures again go lethal.  In addition millions of fall-run eggs were dewatered in the mainstem Sacramento River when the flows were dramatically dropped by the Bureau of Reclamation after the fish had spawned along the edges of the river.  There is plenty of blame to go around for these problems and the lack of responses.  We will pay the price in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

What can you do?  1) Log onto Water4Fish.org and sign our petition for better water policies.  2) Write letters to Senators Feinstein and Boxer thanking them for stopping the House bill and asking for their continued help and 3) attend the Sacramento ISE show and give us your support.                           

GGSA and Water4Fish to Exhibit in the Sacramento ISE January Show

Both Golden Gate Salmon and Water4Fish will be at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition in Sacramento January 21st thru 24th.  Stop by and get the latest on the fisheries and the drought impact.  Sign up and win $200 of the latest Pro-Troll salmon gear.  A new drawing will be held every day at 7:00 PM except on Sunday at 3:00 PM.  You need not be present to win.  You can also make a $45 contribution and get $100 of free Pro-Troll Gear.  Water4fish is in booth 3822 and GGSA is in booth 3214.  If you want to help the fish even more, volunteer for a day and help us in the booth.  Email Dick or John with your info.

Thanks for your continuing support.  Water4Fish now has over 88,000 supporters who have sent letters and signed petitions.

Dick Pool, President, WEater4Fish - Action@water4fish.org
John McManus, Exwcutive Director, GGSA - John@goldengatesalmon.org

Water4Fish.org P.O. Box 5788, Concord, CA 94524, email action@water4fish.org

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