- Glad to see our representatives getting involved w/ #MatilijaDam removal! One of CalTrout's key initiatives to rest… https://t.co/RjURiSc792 ->
- Announcing winners in #CalTrout's 2017 #PhotoContest! Big thanks to all who voted. Enjoy these amazing pics!… https://t.co/qiC0uZ98Hs ->
- The Current Fall 2017 top stories: Southern steelhead, legislative updates, spot check on Fall River & more https://t.co/4nRKI0jXtY ->
- Grand Prize winner in #CalTrout's annual #photocontest: "Russian River Steelhead Sizing Each Other Up" by Will Bouc… https://t.co/4v1OB7kHjm ->
- Congrats to the People's Choice Award winner in #CalTrout's annual #photocontest: Phil Reedy with "The End of a Per… https://t.co/rn9sLabKPR ->
- Welcome to CalTrout's team Dr. Rypel! Longtime fish enthusiast Andrew joins as the Peter Moyle & CalTrout Endowed C… https://t.co/sssdpwexfB ->
- Why do #meadowsmatter? Sustain #biodiversity, secure #water for #California, & mitigate #climatechange. #CAwater https://t.co/nhCpqGsRWO ->
- RT @UCDavisWater: Surveying at the Speed of Sound. Fall River Timelapse of researchers surveying bathymetry & veg extent. Funded by @CalTro… ->
- Southern steelhead, survivor against all odds. As southern-most steelhead in N.America, they face many threats in S… https://t.co/1IBYh3mI7O ->
- Amazing volunteers removing invasives and planting native species to transform habitat in Hedrick Ranch Nature Area… https://t.co/r9stKz8q7j ->
- Can the #Yeti do it all? https://t.co/L06iP3zexz ->
- 5K Salmon Run in #Ventura Nov 5! Say hi at CalTrout booth. Register before it sells out #salmonrun #patagonia… https://t.co/iX7yDeYNP6 ->
- We're ready to see #Klamathdams come down. #ditchdams #freetheriver https://t.co/i06XO5jmFz ->
- Our thoughts are w/ those affected by #Californiafires & w/ our firefighters. Donate $, supplies, or time if you can https://t.co/iy0RSp3Kvz ->
- #Biodiversity & richness of coastal forests negatively impacted by lack of #salmon and therefore, lack of nutrients. https://t.co/NgbHeydCGu ->
- New trailer for SOURCE, short film about CA #sourcewaters and why they need our attention & protection… https://t.co/L3ulyqEvcA ->
Last week we had the pleasure of getting to know Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) and Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) on a field trip to Clearwater Lodge where we fished the Pit and Fall Rivers and Hat Creek. Along with some fun times spent on the water, and seeing Jim catch his first fish on a fly rod, we toured Hat Creek, the state’s first Wild Trout Management Area and where we recently have restored in-stream habitat and improved recreational infrastructure. This includes the installation of a pedestrian bridge at the historic Carbon Bridge site from which our group saw two bald eagles fly overhead, putting an exclamation point on the beauty and grandness of this area.
This was also a great opportunity to share with our legislators the value of the area’s spring-fed rivers to California’s water supply, and what CalTrout is doing to better understand and protect them. Stockton and Elk Grove, along with many of California’s largest cities and towns, may be hundreds of miles away from these areas, but these spring waters can be traced directly to the tap of millions of Californians as far south as San Diego.
Working in Sacramento with our legislators is an important part of CalTrout’s working model. We work in areas throughout the state where wild fish influence communities. We solve complex resource issues that benefit wild fish and people. We scale up and memorialize these successes in Sacramento through new policies and state funding directed at these programs. And in turn these policies and funding go back to these communities. It is a successful feedback loop.
With the current legislative session just ending, we are pleased to report the successful passing of Senate Bill 5, the new ‘Park Bond’. This funding bill still needs the governor’s signature (likely) and then goes to the voters next year for passage. If passed, the $4.1 billion would go towards water and parks projects in California.
Developing positive relationships and giving tours of the amazing rivers in California showing off our work has positioned CalTrout as the go-to organization for legislators for guidance on issues pertaining to fish, water, and people.
- RT @UCDavisWater: Timelapse of Watershed researchers surveying Hat Creek, CA as part of a larger restoration effort funded by @CalTrout to… ->
- Check out the amazing finalist photos in our 2017 #photocontest. Vote for your fav! #fishing #california #rivers https://t.co/8VRg67GVFb ->
- Field trip w/ @AsmJimCooper & @AsmSusanEggman to Shasta's wild trout waters, sharing importance of CA source waters… https://t.co/ESypHK9L4S ->
- #CalTrout & @UCDavisWater report assesses 2 way trap & haul around #dams as way to help #salmon https://t.co/bRoCCtz7lM ->
- Last day to cast your vote! Check out these amazing 25 finalist photos. #fishing #california #photocontest… https://t.co/e6dOJwcsj5 ->
- Help us launch SOURCE, a short film about where our #CAwater comes from & why we need to protect vital source waters https://t.co/JM7TvYiO6x ->
- Happy #wildlifewednesday! We've partnered w/ rice farmers who voluntarily flood fields in winter to make thriving h… https://t.co/5DGN01ge29 ->
- Which photo deserves the prize? Cast your vote in our annual photo contest (vote once per day per pic)… https://t.co/lXAg6NgNgl ->
- RT @PublicGoodPR: In 2009 we blocked a #Nestle plant in Mt Shasta with @Caltrout & other #nonprofits but protecting #water never stops
- Scenic recap of our volunteer event restoring #Kirkwood meadow ecosystem w/ @VailResorts https://t.co/vfnkdWYzzk #EpicPromise #meadowsmatter ->
- Like #fishing and beautiful photography? Help us pick the winner of our annual #photocontest https://t.co/8VRg67GVFb … ->
- #SB5 #parksbond passes. Now up to voters June 2018 to decide on more $ for #California #water & #parks projects https://t.co/ksAn5x8tcO ->
CalTrout and UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences have released a report that assesses two-way trap and haul programs as a conservation strategy for anadromous salmon. Wild salmon, historically, are born in rivers, swim to sea to live out their adulthoods, and find their way back to their freshwater spawning grounds to reproduce before dying. Dams and other barriers to spawning grounds have disconnected that natural cycle, requiring fisheries managers to get creative to support salmon populations. Two-way trap and haul involves capturing adult fish below large dams and transporting them to a release site above the dam to spawn. The resulting juvenile fish are then captured, transported and released below the dam, where they will continue to grow or migrate downstream to the ocean.
The authors, Dr. Rob Lusardi and Dr. Peter Moyle, found that such programs should proceed with extreme caution as there are many associated risks, including effective capture of juveniles, the delayed stress of transportation on salmon, and the long-term sustainability of above-dam populations. But when few other options remain to save dwindling populations, two-way trap and haul remains a viable option.
“Very few Sacramento River winter-run chinook returned this year,” said lead author Rob Lusardi, a research ecologist with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and California Trout. “It was dire. With one more year of drought, they could have blinked out. If two-way trap and haul can successfully reconnect these fish to historical spawning habitat, it would be fantastic. But we need to proceed with caution. The data suggest it’s very difficult to get such programs to work effectively to achieve a sustainable population.”
To cite this report: Robert A. Lusardi & Peter B. Moyle (2017) Two-Way Trap and Haul as a Conservation Strategy for Anadromous Salmonids, Fisheries, 42:9, 478-487, DOI: 10.1080/03632415.2017.1356124.
Check out this sweet short film by Adventure in a Backpack that perfectly captured the whole CamelBak Pursuit weekend!
CalTrout was recently part of an epic event celebrating outdoor recreation, the CamelBak Pursuit Series. The weekend was essentially “summer camp for adults” where participants moved from one fun activity to the next: hiking, mountain biking, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, camp cooking, fly fishing, and many more, with expert instruction and gear provided. People came in from all over, representing 22 states in total, most new to the outdoor scene, all looking forward to a long weekend full of adventure.
CalTrout and Lost Coast Outfitters (LCO) led the fly casting lessons plus fly and knot tying. We made a ton of new friends who are stoked now stoked on fly fishing and have a new understanding of CalTrout’s mission to protect California’s native fish and cold, clean waters. (See pics from the event.)
Huge thanks to our instructors, CalTrout’s Mike Wier and Patrick Samuel, and George Revel, owner of LCO, San Francisco’s premiere and only fly shop. And thank you to The Outbound Collective for inviting us as a sponsor. Congrats on executing such a rad event! Can’t wait for the next one.
Photos by AJ Johnson & Për Jerner
CalTrout joined Vail Resort’s Epic Promise Day 2017, leading restoration activities in the Kirkwood Mountain meadows. Over 100 hard-working volunteers showed up, and formed teams to take on tasks, including stream back stabilization in 6 different locations, trail restoration and maintenance, cleaning up barbed wire, old fence posts, and trash (3 truckloads full!) left over from historic cattle and equestrian operations.
High sierra meadows like Kirkwood are a critically important component of a functioning ecosystem, serving as important habitat for fish and lots of other wildlife, but can become degraded easily from human misconduct. Protecting these cold water habitats is not only crucial for animals, but for downstream water users as well. Healthy meadows promote water security for our state, working as natural water reservoirs. (Restoring Sierra headwater meadows is one of CalTrout’s Key Initiatives. Visit our site to learn more about our meadows work, including the plan to restore 30,000 acres by 2030.)
We are very thankful for all of the volunteers and organizers who accomplished this great work, and to Vail Resorts and Kirkwood Mountain Resort for being good stewards of their watershed.
Check out the before and after shots of restoration activities:
Photos and video by Mike Wier.
- RT @VenturingAngler: Film: Exploring the High Sierras for California Golden Trout in “Liquid Gold”
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- Vote now through 9/30 to help us pick the winners of our 2017 #photocontest! https://t.co/lhVwXbQIGc https://t.co/F6O39rmgFJ ->
- RT @LCOFlyFishing: 10 Best California Fly Fishing Trips to Take This Fall https://t.co/STOlvwzTc3 ->
- We need your help picking a winner! So many great shots submitted in this year's #photocontest https://t.co/lhVwXbQIGc ->
- Sad news for wildlife and people. https://t.co/ZBFALOqDgs ->
- Our film "No Going Back" about introducing #fish into a working ag landscape will be at SF Food & Farm Film Fest https://t.co/LbEH66FR3J ->
- Where does our water come from & why should we care? Support SOURCE to find out https://t.co/0sj9DGlESn #CAwater @WaterDeeply @Water ->
- “Our fish are on the front lines of climate change." Pat Samuel, CalTrout. Go to https://t.co/uLjJZsKKan for more o… https://t.co/wL1uH5WGLg ->
- Help us protect #cawater. Donate to SOURCE – @indiegogo https://t.co/ezkteqonpH ->
- RT @andrewrypel: It is great to finally land @UCDavis, my new home, where I will be Associate Professor + the Peter B. Moyle + @Caltrout fi… ->
- Fun times at @CamelBak Pursuit Series leading the casting & tying lessons w/ @LCOFlyFishing. Got more folks hooked… https://t.co/lr6fJq8sNG ->
- Clean drinking water is a right for all Californians. #CAwater @circleofblue https://t.co/5sdHtaRWkb ->