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Vance Staplin
03-22-2012, 03:10 PM
Hi Guy's,

This should be set as a "sticky" on this board but see this:

GGSA Inaugural Dinner In Sacramento Will Help Ocean And River Fisheries (http://www.fishsniffer.com/content/1745-ggsa-inaugural-dinner-sacramento-will-help-ocean-river-fisheries.html)


Salmon season is slated to open in California ocean waters from Horse Mountain to the California/Mexico border on April 7. While anglers are excited about the upcoming season, based on a forecasted high ocean abundance of Sacramento River and Klamath River stocks, there remains much work to be done to keep this fishery recovering, particularly in the light of this dry year.


You have a chance to help restore salmon and all Delta fish populations vie for some great prizes and have a wonderful time by going to the Golden Gate Salmon Association’s Inaugural Membership Dinner on Thursday, April 26, 2012 starting at 5:30pm at the Scottish Rite Temple, 6151 H Street Sacramento, CA 95819. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a host bar.


Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

Individual tickets are $75.00 per person for general seating. Or an $800 per table sponsor will include seating for 8, $200 worth of tickets for general raffle and one entry into the Table Sponsor Drawing for a Yamaha Outboard (http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=yamaha+outboard) Motor.There is a very limited number of tickets available. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door - Reserve yours now!


The dinner will feature tons of door and raffle prizes, a special guest speaker, great food, free cocktails and top of the line fishing gear. Purchasing a ticket includes membership in the GGSA.*


For more information and to reserve your tickets, please call Jenelle at 855-251-4472 or go to: www.goldengatesalmonassociation.com (http://www.goldengatesalmonassociation.com/).


“It’s really exciting to discover that anglers who target all Delta species are willing to come together at this banquet,” said Vance Staplin, who is co-chairing the GGSA Sacramento Banquet Committee with Roy Gray. The Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) was founded in the fall of 2010.


It uses the same business model that built the California Waterfowl Association and the California Outdoor Heritage Association into powerful organizations protecting and enhancing wildlife resources. GGSA’s Board of Directors is made up of recreational salmon fishermen (both river and ocean), commercial fishermen, fish processors, environmental and Native American groups, and a membership that is nearing one thousand members just after the completion of its first year.


GGSA is working with the leaders of fishery, science and environmental organizations to accomplish its salmon objectives. A primary target will be to use proven money raising techniques to raise the funds needed to hire a professional staff capable of representing the GGSA and Central Valley salmon in public affairs, legal, scientific and government activities.


GGSA is aggressively attacking the Central Valley salmon issues that count the most. The organization made progress in 2011, but plans to kick their efforts into overdrive for 2012.
GGSA Actions and Objectives:


• Fought off H.R. 1837, the Nunes Bill in Congress that would have devastated salmon. Although reintroduced and passed by the House of Representatives this year, President Obama said he would veto it if it ever passes the Senate.


• Successfully fought the DFG and water contractors’ striper eradication plan.


• Is fighting the provisions of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build a peripheral canal that propose that taxpayers fund over 3 billion in Delta changes that will not restore salmon and other fisheries.


• Raised over $200,000 in 2011 to hire biologists, lawyers and PR people to improve their impact and results.

• Is sponsoring and funding a short range Central Valley salmon rebuilding plan.


• Fights everyday to protect the biological opinions under the Endangered Species Act that give salmon the water they need in the Delta.


• Is fighting 13 lawsuits filed by the water contractors in an attempt to overturn the Delta salmon protections.


• In 2011, convinced the Bureau of Reclamation to close the Delta cross channel gates for ten days to allow adult salmon to reach the Mokelumne River spawning areas and hatchery. The gates closed in October of 2011 and the returns were an all time record. The result will be over 100,000 additional adults in the ocean this season! *