Join Clatsop Community College and Fort George Brewing for this month’s Ales & Ideas Lecture Series on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7pm.
Professional fishing guide Bob Rees welcomes this Ales & Ideas opportunity to engage local residents with slides and stories from the rivers and from fisheries research including the landmark Salmon 2100 Report. He will also invite listeners to play an integral role in the recovery of Columbia River salmon helping to ensure a future for NW communities and the Chinook, sockeye and steelhead that swim past Astoria each and every year—so far.
Columbia River salmon have been the lifeblood of communities from SE Alaska to inland Idaho for thousands of years. From providing a staple protein for Native Americans throughout human history, to being plated on the finest China in New York City; our region’s wild stocks of salmon have provided the world with a food source unparalleled by any species; however, now, sadly, thirteen different runs of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead face real danger of extinction.
For nearly three decades, a cadre of Oregon-based organizations have worked diligently to recover imperiled salmon species, and one of the greatest restoration efforts is front and center here in Oregon right now. To navigate the complexity of securing a future for Snake River salmon, while providing the benefits of reliable transportation for farm products and a stable energy source for our region, requires strong leadership and active citizen advocacy.
Clatsop Community College follows Fort George’s lead in returning to LIVE audiences for this year’s Thursday Night Talks. An audience cap will be enforced, to include physically distanced seating. Face coverings are required, except while actively eating or drinking. Doors open at 6pm, with food, ales, and other beverages available; no purchase necessary. Minors are welcome at this FREE event. This event will also stream live on Facebook LIVE at 7pm. https://www.facebook.com/FortGeorgeBrewery. Special thanks to Djordje and Trudy Čitović of Astoria’s Rosebriar Mansion vacation rental for hosting this month’s speaker.
Native Oregonian Bob Rees first moved to Astoria in 1998, working for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as a field biologist. He has fished Oregon rivers and the Pacific Ocean since 1978, and served as a professional fishing guide since 1991. As a Lower Columbia River Guide, he welcomes hundreds of anglers to our region each summer, always sharing the story of why all citizens need to fight for the health of Columbia River salmon runs. Rees serves on numerous boards and committees on behalf of salmon and is the content administrator for weekly fishing reports provided through The Guides Forecast online at www.theguidesforecast.com. Long-time resident of the Bay City community near Garibaldi, Bob currently spends winters upriver, but with saltwater in his veins, plans to make the Columbia Pacific his family’s permanent home in the near future.