The Oregon coast boasts some of the healthiest runs of wild salmon and steelhead in the lower 48, providing extraordinary recreational fisheries. The historic loss of tidal wetlands and sloughs has adversely impacted many coastal salmon populations, however, and the opportunity to restore these habitats represents a tremendous conservation opportunity for coastal communities.
Nehalem Marine Manufacturing has been a leader in designing and installing tidegates that improve fish access to these estuarine habitats. New tidegate designs are increasingly fish-friendly, remaining open for longer periods of time and allowing fish to reside longer in critical wetland and slough habitats. Investing in fish-friendly tidegates can be a fantastic investment for Oregon's fish.
-Mark Trenholm, Salmon Stronghold Senior Program Manager, Wild Salmon Center
Mark Trenholm joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2008. Prior to taking this position, Mark worked for seven years as the Executive Director of the Tillamook Bay National Estuary Project. Serving a diverse, multi-stakeholder Board and managing an eight person staff, Mark oversaw the implementation of almost 200 salmonid habitat enhancement, monitoring, and education projects. Prior to his work with the National Estuary Project, Mark managed a range of resource planning and community development projects as a planning consultant. He holds a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and a Masters of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. Mark enjoys steelheading, Red Sox baseball, and exploring the places salmon swim.