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January 26, 2015    Headlines

Crab Pick
Waiting On April Salmon

Half Moon Bay:
Rockfish season is closed until June, but there is a glimmer of hope for party boat captains with crab/sand dab combinations, whale watching, or rockfish research trips.
Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat continues to head out for sand dabs and Dungeness crab. He took out 7 anglers last Thursday 1-22 for limits of Dungeness crab along with 85 sand dabs. He said, “The crab counts are dropping off, and there are a good number of undersized and female crab in the pots,” adding,  ”Two or three legal crab is a good pot.” He will continue to run combination fishing trips or rockfish research trips through the winter months.

Not a whole lot going on along the coast with the current rockfish closure. The Hulicat is running some crab and dab trips and sport crabbers are still seeing a few crabs off Pillar Point.

Looking ahead we will have news from the PFMC in February and March on what to expect from this coming salmon season. Last year the Golden Gate Salmon Association pushed hard and got the majority of the hatchery fish trucked past the hazards in the Delta. If those fish found good feeding conditions in their first few weeks we should see a very high survival rate. We will know come April if we are seeing lots of shakers along the coast. Those fish should be legal size by the late summer and hopefully be providing good action to coast anglers this fall. Time will tell and EVERY salmon angler on the Central and North Coast should be thankful for the work that GGSA has done to get the State and Feds to truck those fish.
At the Golden Gate Salmon Ass.  BOD meeting this past week we were receiving some very bleak news regarding out migrating salmon in the upper Sac the past few months. F&W has several screw traps in the upper river that allow them to count the number of juveniles out migrating from the upper river. Due to the drought the number of juvenile winter run salmon is crashing with the run being only about 25% of the past few years. This could have a BIG impact on how our ocean salmon seasons are set in 2016 and 2017.
GGSA is fighting hard to ensure that salmon populations rebuild but this drought is having a huge effect on wild or naturally produced fish. They are at the forefront of getting several large habitat improvement projects done throughout the Central Valley. The recently completed work at Painters riffle is just one of MANY examples of what this great organization has accomplished.
What they need most RIGHT NOW is YOUR support. I encourage readers to become a member of GGSA and go to their dinners and support their efforts. Visit their website and learn more about what they have done (in the three short years since they have formed) and what they are looking to accomplish in the coming years to protect salmon and this incredible fishery.
Golden Gate Salmon Association

March 13, 2015 

Ramekins Event Center, Sonoma

 The Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) will host its 2nd Annual Sonoma dinner with special guest vintner and water conservation advocate Mike Benziger, Friday, March 13. The special event will be held at Ramekins Event Center, 450 W. Spain St. in Sonoma.  Doors open at 5:30pm. It will be a great night featuring hors d’oeuvres, Benziger Family wines, cocktails, dinner, silent and open auctions, and the chance to compare fish stories with all the folks we share the water with and raise funds for GGSA and its salmon restoration projects. GGSA will also update attendees on the current state of salmon affairs
“After last year’s success, it was an easy choice to honor Mike Benziger this year,” said
 Victor Gonella, founder and treasurer of GGSA, “Mike is well known in the region for his water conservation practices and bio-dynamic farming. Conserving and wise water policies are needed to keep the iconic salmon industry strong, along with California’s water dependent economy. As a farmer, Mike Benziger understands this. So, it is our great pleasure to honor him. Additionally, we are grateful to Darius and Sarah Anderson for supporting GGSA by providing the Ramekins location.
Mike Benziger is the managing general partner of the Benziger Family Winery and Imagery Estate Winery in Glen Ellen. Long known for his astute bio-dynamic farming principles and water reuse practices, Benziger is a leader in understanding the importance of water conservation and best practices as it applies to agriculture. In 2010, Mr. Benziger was the recipient of the prestigious National Resource Defense Council water steward award
Tickets are limited and are available by calling
 855-251-GGSA (4472) or by visiting www.goldengatesalmonassociation.com. Tickets are $125 per person, and will NOT be sold at the door. Table Sponsor packages are $1,200 and include reserved VIP seating for eight and $100 worth of raffle tickets.
The Golden Gate Salmon Association (www.goldengatesalmonassociation.org) 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. GGSA’s 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.

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