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Salmon Aid Festival in Calif. Bay Area

 The Salmon Aid Festival is for anybody that cares about having fresh local wild fish.  People are encouraged to come out and show their support for local fishermen, wild salmon, and the rivers and streams that they depend upon! 

For salmon fans, the Salmon Aid Festival which includes a salmon bake and the only chance to eat wild salmon from California this will be at Ocean Beach on Friday, June 19, 4:30 p.m. (The salmon is ready at 6:30 p.m.)

For the second year running, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council has closed the Klamath and Sacramento Rivers to nearly all salmon harvest. That mean the only wild salmon you can get these days is coming from Alaska.  However, tribal fishermen still have the right to harvest salmon for ceremonial and commercial use, and they are making their catch available to the public to kick off Salmon Aid 2009.  

The main festival events occur the following two days, Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, in Jack London Square, Oakland. There will be music, delicious sustainable seafood, demonstrations from First Nation tribes, children’s activities, films, speakers, and more.  Musical acts include Albino!, Zydeco Flames, and Mitch Woods and Big Easy Boogie among others. Fine sustainable seafood is being prepared by an array of incredible restaurants and chefs, all of whom have taken the Fish or Cut Bait pledge that they will never serve farmed salmon again. 

The Fish or Cut Bait pledge was developed by Fish. Restaurant owner Kenny Belov after he sat down with fishermen and environmentalists to plan last year’s SalmonAid Festival.  Now, over 26 restaurants around the Bay Area have taken the pledge, including Pat Kuleto’s Waterbar, chef Michael Mina’s bay area restaurants, local favorites including Cool Eatz, Nettie’s Crab Shack, and more!

For more about sustainable seafood, read this blog post.

  1. Enviros love to eat salmon!

    I work for the Tuolumne River Trust, which works to protect the Tuolumne River and it’s dwindling salmon population (in the last 10 years, we’ve seen a 95% drop off in Tuolumne salmon). As a co-sponsor of the SalmonAid festival, we are honored to come together with fishing organizations and tribes to jointly call for the solutions that will bring west coast salmon populations back to fishable levels.

    If you’d like to join us in calling on the Obama Administration to move forward with solutions to the current crisis, please visit this link: http://ga0.org/campaign/salmonaid2009

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