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STOCKTON FWO: 2008 Salmon Festivals
California-Nevada Offices , October 18, 2008
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Biologist Shannon Brewer helps out with fish and Wildlife Service Tattoos. (photo: USFWS)
Biologist Shannon Brewer helps out with fish and Wildlife Service Tattoos. (photo: USFWS) - Photo Credit: n/a
The American River Salmon Festival at Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova, Calif. (photo: USFWS)
The American River Salmon Festival at Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova, Calif. (photo: USFWS) - Photo Credit: n/a
Technician Phil Voong helps out at the Schools Day Outreach Event as part of the American River Salmon Festival. (photo: USFWS) 
Technician Phil Voong helps out at the Schools Day Outreach Event as part of the American River Salmon Festival. (photo: USFWS)  - Photo Credit: n/a

Heather Webb, Stockton FWO

Each year, salmon festivals are sponsored by state and federal agencies to increase public awareness regarding salmon in the tributaries to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  In 2008, the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office (STFWO) participated in salmon festivals held by the Feather River Fish Hatchery September 23, Nimbus Fish Hatchery, on the American River October 11 and 12, and the Coleman National Fish Hatchery on Battle Creek October 18.

 

The salmon festival held by the Feather River Fish Hatchery (Oroville, Calif.) included live music, activities for children, live salmon, and informational booths hosted by salmon stakeholders. Participants could view adult salmon through windows as they were artificially spawned after a successful journey up the fish ladder to the rearing raceways. Children enjoyed the temporary salmon tattoos STFWO staff applied.

 

The American River Salmon Festival, held at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery (Rancho Cordova, Calif.) and Schools Day outreach event at Hagan Community Park gave the public the opportunity to better understand and appreciate the river and its resources. The Schools Day outreach event was a gathering of local schools to participate in activities to increase their knowledge of the life history of salmon and the habitats important to salmon fitness. Kids enjoyed activities such as fishing, painting, and guided hikes. The two-day, American River Salmon Festival had live music, dancing, and fun kid’s activities creating a greater understanding around the cultural and artistic significance of salmon in the region. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) hosted a booth which included activities, such as temporary tattoos, informational packets, and experienced fisheries staff for answering public questions.

 

The Coleman National Fish Hatchery (Anderson, Calif. has hosted the annual Return of the Salmon Festival since 1991. Visitors viewed large numbers of fall-run Chinook salmon returning to Battle Creek and the hatchery. The public can observe hatchery operations such as spawning, egg incubation, and juvenile rearing, leaving with a better understanding of salmon ecology. STFWO staff participated in the spawning of mature salmon and hosted informational booths.   


Contact Info: Paul Cadrett, 209-334-2968 x 312, paul_cadrett@fws.gov



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