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Marin Coho facing crisis: Fish need your help


by Paola Bouley

January 13, 2010 -- As you've probably heard, Marin's coho population (that used to be somewhat stable) are in serious trouble. Recent articles ran in the Marin IJ - - http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_14113750 and on Bay Nature - http://baynature.org/articles/web-only-articles/california-coho-salmon-in-dire-straits, as well as on KQED - http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201001041730 summarizing the crisis we are facing down here. 
We are mobilizing a new petition - linked below - to send a strong message to our County Board of Supervisors urging then to adopt strong, and urgent protections for coho and their critical habitat. Please join us in this call. And if your organization can sign on too, just reply and let me know. Marin's salmon really need our voices right now! 
1. Sign the NEW petition to the Marin Board of Supervisors calling for stronger and immediate protections for coho habitat and then share the petition with 10 of your friends. Organizations welcome! 
2. Print the petition and help us secure signatures. Copy attached for you to download. Call me to discuss good venues out there. We are working the BOS districts and still need Fairfax/San Anselmo and Mill Valley on board. 
3. Give a generous tax-deduction so we can organize massive grassroots support to ensure Marin Supervisors take action before it's too late. Click HERE to make a secure donation to our campaign. 
4. ATTEND THE County's NEXT PUBLIC HEARING: On THURS Jan 21 from 7-9PM. JOIN US to make sure the salmons' needs and voices are heard! The meeting will be held at the Lagunitas School Multipurpose Room in West Marin- for directions visit http://lagunitas.marin.k12.ca.us/directions.HTM 
5. Write a letter to your local paper calling for urgent and immediate actions in support of coho recovery along the Central California Coast! 
Also, SPAWN is seeking an effective lead campaign volunteer to help us with our salmon and watershed advocacy in the months ahead. Anyone out there available, or know someone good who is looking to jump on to this important issue? let me know! 
Paola Bouley, M.S. 
Conservation Program Director 
Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, 
Visit http://spawnusa.org/