The January meeting is hosting special guest speaker Douglas Demko, president of FISHBIO, an internationally recognized expert on fisheries research.
is a company that specializes in research and monitoring fisheries in the U.S. and Southeast Asia.
25 years of experience includes studying the impacts of hydropower and river flows on salmon behavior and survival and the impacts of hatchery practices on wild populations.
presentation "The Future of Salmon in California's Central Valley" will review the extent and causes of salmon decline and explore their future amidst the significant environmental and social challenges ahead.
It is common knowledge amongst anglers that Chinook salmon populations in California's Central Valley have been declining for more than a century.
will explain how threats such as habitat degradation, water use practices, predation by non-native species and over-harvest have combined to degrade salmon migration.
will describe how reliance on hatcheries to meet fish production goals in the last few decades have decreased the diversity of salmon genetics, resulting in fish that are less likely to survive and reproduce and stocks that are poorly suited to adapt to changing climate conditions.
employs a wide spectrum of dedicated research scientists, engineers and technicians that specialize in counting, tracking and analyzing trends in fish populations throughout the world.
expert staff's technical capacity and state-of-the-art equipment has made FISHBIO
the trailblazer in fishier research.