California Trout and the Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition have been raising the awareness of the plight of the South Coast steelhead and the need to recover the species in the region. A big piece of those efforts has been promoting CalTrout’s documentary, Southern California Steelhead: Against All Odds, produced by Mike E. Weir. The film premiered in November at Patagonia’s Great Pacific Iron Works and, since then, there has been an outpouring of support and interest in the documentary by conservation partners and educators alike.
A short version of the film will be included as part of the new Aquarium of the Pacific, slated to open May 23rd. According to the LA Times,
Initially, the aquarium’s exhibit will pulse with hundreds of rainbow trout. “Eventually we may experiment with the chemistry of the water in hopes of watching some of these fish morph into steelheads,” Jerry Schubel, president and chief executive, said.
The goal is to promote public support for restoration projects needed to turn local rivers back into “steelhead freeways,” he said.
We’re thrilled to be a part of this important project.