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Bad news for winter run

02/10/16 -- Very few adult winter run will likely return to spawn in 2017 and 2018 which could easily lead to further restriction on ocean salmon fishing. Federal fishery experts reported only three percent of the winter run eggs spawned in the Sacramento River in 2015 hatched and survived as far downstream as Red Bluff. The rest of the eggs were killed by high river temperatures for a second year in a row. GGSA told the press that government fish and wildlife agencies responsible for keeping this from happening let us all down.

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Federal Proposals Harmful to Salmon
Bills in both the US House of Representatives and US Senate continue to call for more water to be delivered south of the Delta at the expense of salmon. Juvenile salmon are in the Delta now and desperately trying to stay alive for the next several months before migrating to the ocean. Any weakening of water diversion and pumping restrictions or increased water diversions will harm salmon, something GGSA continues trying to make plain to DC legislators. In addition, because of early season rain, the trucking of hatchery fish that occurred the last two years may not occur this year. This means baby hatchery salmon may be next to get sucked into the Delta pumps.

NY Times Reports on New Hatchery Salmon Technology
Hatchery salmon in California are under attack, mostly because they aren't wild. A developing technology that partly addresses the problem is now being used in a small number of hatcheries. DNA from hatchery fish is analyzed before deciding which males to pair with which females. This allows hatchery managers to avoid inbreeding and potentially select for desirable traits.

If this technology is eventually used at the big production hatcheries it might mute some of the criticism of hatchery salmon and yield a more fit fish. GGSA participated in a recent New York Times report on this new technology and the leading government scientist who is overseeing it.

Genetically Modified Freak Salmon Coming to Market Soon?
The Federal Food and Drug Administration now says it won't allow sale of genetically engineered salmon in the US until it comes up with labeling guidelines, something GGSA has sought for years. The FDA approved GE salmon for human consumption in December without a labeling requirement but Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska got Congress to immediately pass a law requiring labeling guidelines. The FDA approved GE salmon without considering the environmental harm these fish could do if they escape into the wild.

Tagged Salmon Tell the Story
Baby salmon that are trucked to acclimation net pens on or near the coast survive at far higher rates than those trucked to the bay or Delta, according to data GGSA recently got from state sources. Salmon released at the hatcheries in the Central Valley generally fare much worse than those that are trucked. The new data makes clear we get more salmon in the ocean and rivers by trucking them to coastal acclimation sites prior to release.

Twin Tunnels Update
GGSA executive director John McManus recently addressed a meeting of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, a small but pivotal player in any decision to build the massive twin tunnels/peripheral canal project. McManus told the valley water board the huge tunnel project would be bad for salmon and urged them to withdraw support for the current project. McManus also suggested the board should wait for a pending state study on the water needs of the Delta before proceeding. Only then can engineers and planners consider how to size an alternative conveyance. Read more here.

Yuba River Restoration
Various groups are working to improve or restore the Yuba River for salmon. Some hope to trap spring run salmon and release them upstream of the major dams to spawn. Others are skeptical and exploring other options while also trying to improve existing salmon habitat in the lower Yuba River below Englebright Dam. GGSA is listening to all sides and sees near term promise in working to improve existing fall run habitat in the lower Yuba River. This has good cold water but lacks places for baby salmon to safely find food and rear. The shortage of rearing habitat could be fixed by restoring areas along the Yuba where gold mining has left a moonscape of rock.

Two Commercial Salmon Fishermen join GGSA Board:
GGSA added two commercial salmon trollers to the board of directors at the January 19 meeting. Chris Lawson from Bodega Bay and Don Marshall from Half Moon Bay are both recognized leaders in their home ports. Don is also president of the Small Boat Commercial Salmon Fishermen's Association. GGSA is lucky to get their experience and views to broaden and deepen our work.

Sonoma and Santa Rosa Dinners Coming in March and April
GGSA needs your support to continue fighting all the fires threatening our salmon. The easiest and best way is to attend a GGSA dinner where for the price of admission you also renew your annual membership and get a shot at winning great raffle prizes.

GGSA will hold its annual Sonoma fundraising dinner March 11 at Ramekins Event Center in Sonoma. This year's dinner honors wine renowned bio-dynamic and organic grape grower Phil Coturri for his water stewardship. The past two years honored premier wine makers Sam Sebastiani and Mike Benziger. Doors Open at 5:30 pm. Individual tickets are $150.00 per person, $1,000 Reserved VIP seating for eight, or $1,300 Reserved VIP seating for ten.

On April 1 the annual Santa Rosa dinner will occur with tickets going for $85. This is always a great time with a huge number of high value raffle prizes and an open bar. Contact GGSA's Office at (855) 251-GGSA (4472) for information. You can always renew your membership or make a donation here.

Fishing Reports

A Hot Summer’s Day on Chico Creek
A Hot Summer's Day on Chico Creek, Steven T. Callan
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
07/25/16 -- I’ve been exploring Northern California’s streams -- above and below the surface -- for most of my life. One of my most memorable adventures took place on a hot summer’s day in 1964, not long after my sixteenth...Full Story
Brownie’s Choice
Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...Full Story
Keddie Ridge
Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
11/14/15 -- Adjacent to both Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows, between the towns of Westwood and Greenville, is a seemingly forgotten piece of backcountry; Keddie Ridge – aka Ridge World – where ancient rocks... Full Story
Let’s check out the Upper Sac
Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story
How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek.
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers,
Article and photos by Phil Akers
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story


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