Fifth Annual Sonoma Salmon Dinner on Friday, Nov. 9


by John McManus
10-29-2018
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Salmon on the Menu at Sonoma GGSA Fundraiser Honoring Grant Davis
San Francisco - The Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) will host its fifth annual Sonoma Salmon Dinner on Friday, Nov. 9 at Ramekins Culinary Institute. The dinner will honorSonoma County Water Agency’s General Manager, Grant Davis while raising funds to support GGSA’s work restoring salmon.
The event will be held at Ramekins Culinary Institute, 450 West Spain St, Sonoma.
This year’s event is on the heels of the enormous success of last year’s dinner where over $60,000 was raised with half of it going to local fire relief efforts.
John McManus, president of GGSA said, “We’re honoring Grant Davis because of the great job he’s done of managing Sonoma County’s water resources while protecting salmon and the local watersheds they rely on. We’re also looking forward to coming together to raise money for GGSA’s long-term goal of rebuilding the salmon runs that support coastal communities up and down the coast, including Sonoma County’s.”
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $125.00 per seat or $1250 for reserved tables of 10. Tickets are available by calling 855-251-GGSA (4472) or by visiting https://sonoma-salmon-celebration.eventbrite.com or www.goldengatesalmon.org.
The night will feature fresh-caught salmon prepared on the fire pit.   Ted Wilson of and Kyle Kuklewski, of Ramekins will come together to elevate the culinary treats of the evening. Fresh oysters will be provided by Drakes Bay Oyster Company.  Live auction bidders can compete for trips including ocean fishing, an overnight and boat at Caples Lake Resort in the high sierras, Mendocino stay, PlumpJack Squaw Valley overnight and dinner plus other exciting wine lots and fun.
The night will also feature wines, cocktails, silent and open auctions, and the chance to compare fall harvest stories while raising funds to support GGSA’s work to keep abundant salmon stocks in California. Attendees will get a brief update from GGSA on the current state of salmon affairs.
The Golden Gate Salmon Association (goldengatesalmonassociation.org) is a coalition of salmon advocates that includes commercial and recreational salmon fishermen, businesses, restaurants, a native tribe, environmentalists, elected officials, families and communities that rely on salmon. The Golden Gate Salmon Association (www.goldengatesalmonassociation.org) is a coalition of salmon advocates that includes commercial and recreational salmon fisherman, businesses, restaurants, a native tribe, environmentalists, elected officials, families and communities that rely on salmon. GGSA’s mission is to restore California’s largest salmon runs in the Central Valley rivers because they provide the bulk of salmon caught off our coast and inland rivers. We serve the sport and commercial anglers that rely on salmon as a long-term, sustainable resource. Salmon recovery is our passion.
Currently, California’s salmon industry is valued at $1.4 billion in annual economic activity and $700 million in economic activity and jobs Oregon in a normal season. The industry employs tens of thousands of people from Santa Barbara to northern Oregon. This is a huge economic bloc made up of commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen (fresh and salt water), fish processors, marinas, coastal communities, equipment manufacturers, tackle shops and marine stores, the hotel and food industry, tribes, and the salmon fishing industry at large.


GGSA president John McManus is a long-time salmon fisherman and salmon advocate. He comes from a varied background that includes ten years of commercial salmon fishing in southeast Alaska, 15 years producing news for CNN and more recently, 11 years doing publicity and organizing for the public interest environmental law firm Earthjustice. Work at Earthjustice included organizing and publicity supporting restored salmon fisheries in the Columbia, Klamath and Sacramento rivers. 

A San Francisco native, Muni Pier and Lake Merced were the places where he first learned to tie a fishing line, bait a hook, and cast. He’s a long time member of the Coastside Fishing Club and keeps a boat part of the year in Half Moon Bay. 

From the 1970s on he spent a lot of time in the north coast salmon communities of Bodega Bay, Pt. Arena, Fort Bragg and Eureka. As salmon runs declined in the 1990’s, he got a front row seat to the demise of these communities, something that fuels his advocacy for salmon and salmon communities to this day. 

The Golden Gate Salmon Association is a coalition of salmon advocates that includes commercial and recreational salmon fisherman, businesses, restaurants, a native tribe, environmentalists, elected officials, families and communities that rely on salmon. 

GGSA’s mission is to restore California salmon for their economic, recreational, commercial, environmental, cultural and health values.

Currently, California’s salmon industry is valued at $1.4 billion in economic activity annually in a regular season and about half that much in economic activity and jobs again in Oregon. The industry employs tens of thousands of people from Santa Barbara to northern Oregon. This is a huge economic bloc made up of commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen (fresh and salt water), fish processors, marinas, coastal communities, equipment manufacturers, the hotel and food industry, tribes, and the salmon fishing industry at large.



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