Take Action! Feinstein Declares War on Salmon and Fishing Jobs

Thanks to Rosalind Peterson, Redwood Valley

Call Senator Dianne Feinstein today to stop her from dismantling the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) basic protections for California’s endangered chinook (also known as king) salmon.

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council has just released numbers showing California’s once abundant salmon runs came in at a new all time record low in 2009.

As a result, regulators closed all ocean fishing of chinook salmon in California and most of Oregon in 2008 and 2009 to save the salmon.

Senator Feinstein is proposing an amendment to a federal jobs stimulus bill that, in effect, would suspend rules that protect salmon from being killed by the giant diversion pumps in the San Francisco-San Joaquin Delta and would pump more water from the estuary.

Feinstein claims that this amendment will bring jobs to California.  But, the closure of the western salmon fisheries has cost 23,000 jobs and $1.4 billion in the California economy.

Call Senator Feinstein and ask her to stop killing salmon and the $1.4 billion fishing economy. Ask her not to put an amendment in the jobs legislation that would increase pumping from the Delta!

Here are some key points to make:

  • Tell them your name and city in California
  • Ask her not to put an amendment in the jobs legislation that would increase pumping from the Delta. Tell them that suspending Endangered Species Act protections could be the end of the west coast salmon fishery, which supports thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.

Call Senator Feinstein at (202) 224-3841 today! [Closed today, President’s Day. Call Tomorrow! -Janie]

One Comment

I got a voice mail message asking that I call back during regular office hours. Most likely explanation is that the congressional offices are closed today, it being President’s Day.

I suggest that you postpone your call until tomorrow, when once again Feinstein’s office will be staffed.