6th Annual Spring-run Chinook Symposium
Salmonid Restoration Federation hosted the 6th Annual Spring-run Chinook Symposium at the Indian Creek Lodge on the beautiful Trinity River, August 16-17, 2012. The Symposium offered two full days of informative presentations and tours addressing issues specific to Spring-run Chinook populations.
The morning of August 16th began with an orientation presentation on the salmonid population trends in the Trinity River basin, followed by an overview of the Trinity River geography and Spring-run Chinook population. Participants then had a choice of two tours: a tour of the South Fork Trinity River watershed, looking at the relationships between Spring-run Chinook, streams, roads, fires, and geology, or a whitewater rafting tour of Upper Trinity River restoration sites and Spring-run holding and rearing habitat. Following dinner, there were several evening presentations, including: Josh Strange’s talk on Spring-run Chinook migration, management, and restoration; Yurok Tribal perspectives on Spring-run Chinook by Yurok Policy Analyst, Troy Fletcher; and a presentation by Geneticist Carlos Garza regarding the biological issues in NOAA Fisheries Spring-run status determination in the Klamath-Trinity system.
The Symposium wrapped up on Friday with two all-day tours. One visited the Trinity River Hatchery, upriver spawning habitat, and looked at gravel augmentation and restoration sites. The other was a repeat of the popular whitewater rafting tour of Upper Trinity restoration sites, and Spring-run Chinook rearing and holding habitat.