Salmon Victory: Marin County Plan Ruled Unlawful
This spring, Turtle Island's Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) won a legal battle with the County of Marin to protect the last population of wild California coho coastal salmon.
In a unanimous decision, the California Court of Appeals affirmed SPAWN’s position that Marin County failed to do proper environmental analysis when it approved its 2007 Countywide Plan, which allowed significant future development along salmon-bearing streams, and unlawfully determined that those impacts would be less than significant.
“It's a damn shame that the Marin Supervisors have wasted hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars and years of inaction defending an indefensible and environmentally harmful position instead of working with SPAWN to take common-sense actions to save these endangered fish for the public good,” said Todd Steiner, wildlife biologist and executive director of Turtle Island's SPAWN program. Read more ￫
Salmon Have Hatched!
In the last few days, baby steelhead have emerged from the gravel and can be seen in San Geronimo Valley creeks. So far, the SPAWN Research and Monitoring team have found steelhead "fry" in San Geronimo, Arroyo and Montezuma Creeks. We have not seen any coho salmon fry yet.
Coho and Steelhead "smolts" (fish that hatched 12 to 17 months ago and are now about 6" long) are starting their migration to the ocean. We have seen small numbers of both species in San Geronimo Creek, Arroyo Creek and Larsen Creek.
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(No sign of smolting)
(Silver color, some loose scales, faint parr marks)
(All silver, loose scales, clear fins)
|Coho Salmon ||2 ||15 ||3 ||0 |
|Steelhead Trout ||5 ||35 ||3 ||763 |
*Data as of April 11, 2014.
In the coming weeks, we will provide more data on numbers of fish in these three creeks. 'LIKE' us on Facebook to get the latest information and see more photos!
Smolt trapping is done seven days a week by staff, interns and volunteers. We'd love to have your help and are always looking for more volunteers. Please contact Preston Brown at email@example.com or 415-663-8590 ext. 111 to find out more and get involved.
New Action-Oriented Website
Turtle Island Restoration Network is proud to announce the rollout of our new, visually stunning website – SeaTurtles.Org! SPAWNusa.Org now redirects to the new website, which makes taking action to protect our blue-green planet even easier!
The new functional design brings together all of Turtle Island’s programs – from our work in West Marin restoring creek side habitat for endangered salmon to our work in Galveston, Texas monitoring sea turtle nesting beaches – in one easy to use website. SPAWNusa.Org is now incorporated into the organization's entire website.
Though our look and style may be new, our overall vision remains the same: to respond rapidly to environmental threats to our oceans, streams and marine wildlife.
Please take a moment to explore SeaTurtles.Org and take action to save salmon. If you are able, make a $60 donation and we will thank you with a Turtle Island hat!
Coho Salmon Restoration Projects in Marin Move Forward
Turtle Island’s SPAWN program received two significant grants for salmon protection projects.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program announced 2014 funding totaling $525,307 for four projects all located in West Marin’s critical Lagunitas Watershed.
The first project will focus on designing an improved fish migration passage at Roy’s Pools and the second will involve working with Point Reyes National Seashore to develop a restoration and enhancement plan for a mile-long stretch of stream just west of Samuel P. Taylor State Park.
"We are elated to get the opportunity to improve this habitat for the benefit of endangered coho salmon and the American people, who are the owners of our National Park Service lands,” said Turtle Island's Executive Director Todd Steiner. Read more ￫
SPAWN Wish List
Our dedicated staff, interns and team of hard-working volunteers could use the following items to help with native habitat restoration and salmon protection projects:
- 1 Weed Whacker
- 1 Pickup Truck
If you can help by making a donation please contact Preston Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 663-8590 ext. 111. Your donations may be tax-deductible.