Friday, April 12, 2013

Eel River Recovery Project Earth Day Presentation

Find Out About What Is Going On With Fish in Eel River!
The Eel River Recovery Project (ERRP) is sponsoring presentations on fishes of the Eel River on Monday
evening April 22 at the Monday Club at 621 11th Street in Fortuna beginning at 6:30 PM. Presentations will
explain how volunteers helped to collect data confirming that 2012 fall Chinook numbered in the tens of
thousands. Information will also be shared about other fish species such as pikeminnow, sturgeon and
steelhead. Exciting underwater video of huge groups of salmon will be shown and the plan for increased use
of video in 2013 surveys will be discussed.
Pikeminnow or Squawfish

ERRP Volunteer Coordinator Patrick Higgins
will also present information on 2012 fall
Chinook counts in the lower Eel River. Pat will
touch on his other discoveries about fish species
throughout the Eel River basin. His
observations on the introduced predatory
Sacramento pikeminnow (formerly known as
squawfish) is that they are much less abundant
that in the mid-1990’s and there is evidence that
their population is being partially controlled by
otter predation.

Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) hydrologist and fish biologist Nick Simpson used dives teams of
company employees augmented by ERRP volunteers to get an index of Chinook salmon abundance between
Dyerville and Scotia on the main Eel River. “Having motivated volunteers allowed us to expand our dive
teams, which really helped HRC collect better data on fall Chinook salmon use of the Eel River reach
adjacent to our property,” said Simpson. He will talk about fall Chinook dives and other fish related
discoveries from other HRC surveys in the lower Eel River and Van Duzen River basins. HRC, the Wiyot
Tribe and Bear River Rancheria were all 2012 fall Chinook dive co-sponsors.

ERRP volunteers now have widespread sightings
of sturgeon, suggesting that that species may too
be resurging. Pat will also talk about 2013 ERRP
plans for citizen-assisted monitoring of fall
Chinook and explain how people can get
involved. There will be ample opportunity for
questions from the public. ERRP welcomes
ideas from the public about additional citizen
monitoring project opportunities that help better
understand the Eel River and its fishes.

The Eel River Recovery Project is a grassroots based group that operates under the fiscal umbrella of the
Trees Foundation. In addition to assisting with Chinook salmon monitoring, ERRP also conducts water
quality, flow and algae surveys. The group hopes to scientifically define problems to build a basis of
community understanding and then help speed implementation of water conservation and pollution control
that allow Eel River ecosystem recovery. See to access the full 2012 fall Chinook
salmon report or call 223-7200, if you have questions.
Doors will open at 6:15 PM, there is no charge for admission, and refreshments will be served.

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