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Congressional Leaders Come to April 1 Salmon Summit to Meet with Salmon Nation


Fishermen, businesses ask for help to rebuild the West's iconic salmon run

by Jim McCarthy

March 16, 2010 -- A Salmon Summit will be held in San Francisco, April 1,  to bring attention to the devastating costs of the recent salmon fishing closures impacting families along one thousand miles of Americas coast, and to provide a forum to discuss long term solutions to the catastrophic decline of the West's iconic salmon run.

Salmon is Food: The event will include a free seafood reception hosted by Scomas, Hayes Street Grill, Fish, Foreign Cinema, and Monterey Fish Market, so make sure you arrive on time!


When: Thursday April 1, 10 am to 1 pm.


Where: Fort Mason Center, Golden Gate Room, Marina Blvd. and Beach St. San Francisco. The Fort Mason Conference Center is along the water in San Francisco's Marina District, east of the fuel docks at Gas House Cove.
Public Transit: Muni bus lines 22, 30, 43, and 49 pass nearby. Take BART to Montgomery Station, then the 30 Stockton bus.

Parking: There is public parking nearby and pay-to-park within the Fort Mason complex.

Who: Representatives George Miller, Mike Thompson, and other members of Congress will be hearing from sport and commercial salmon fishermen, related businesses, and salmon-lovers of all stripes from California and Oregon. We need you to come and be counted!

Why: We want to prevent another catastrophic salmon fishing closure like the last two years. We want robust salmon stocks that will always support full sport and commercial fishing seasons. Salmon-dependent communities, jobs, and families are at stake in the tug of war for Californias water, along with our priceless fishing heritage.

The summit will highlight the impact the collapse of the Sacramento River salmon run has had on the fishing communities in both California and Oregon. California water issues are not confined to the agricultural interests in the Central Valley. Water decisions impact a much broader ecologic, economic, and social base and fish and fishermen are being hurt.


There will be three panels of witnesses,

1.  Fishermen telling stories of lost income, jobs and hard hit coastal communities.
2.  Fishing businesses telling their impacts of the closures and water needs for salmon
3.  Restaurateurs and sea food processors telling of the impact of no fresh salmon on the menus
Following the panels, George Miller will call on some members of the public to tell their story.  He will try to get a geographic spread of comments and cover the different interests.  People who would like to speak should sign up at www.Water4fish.org/slmonsummit.

We need you to join us on April 1! Show our leaders that salmon are important to many people both in California and Oregon and deserve their fair share of California's water. Tell those with other plans for Sacramento River salmon water that our salmon need water and salmon communities need salmon! Lets stop the salmon water grab!