Salmon Restoration in Humboldt Bay: A Model of Citizen and Government Participation

by David M. Hull, Dep of Public Works, Arcata, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Two organizations emerged in 1969 that successfully brought together a wide variety of public and private entities and government agencies with the goal of reversing the decline of the salmon resource in Humboldt Bay. These organizations (the City of Arcata and the Humboldt Fish Action Council) have used ideas and expertise from Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods, with the guidance and funding from the California Department of Fish and Game to develop three trapping stations, two hatcheries and three rearing pond facilities for the specific purpose of restoring the Humboldt Bay salmon populations. These efforts are showing success in that the percentage of adults returning to the streams of their release is now approximately the same as several state hatcheries on other rivers in the region. Run sizes have also increased.

Subject Headings: Government | Fish and fishery management | Bays | Rivers and streams | Public opinion and participation | Organizations | Colleges and universities | California | United States

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