Vandals release 20,000 salmon raised by Petaluma students

Students in Petaluma's renowned fish hatchery and creek-restoration program are heartsick that someone vandalized holding pens in Tiburon and released about 40,000 young salmon into San Francisco Bay.

The six- to 10-inch Chinook salmon were set to be released at a public event on Oct. 30 at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.

The vandalism, discovered Tuesday morning, deprives the Casa Grande High students, who painstakingly raised about half of those fish from eggs, of the opportunity to celebrate and take part in their release.

Senior Greg Gillis, president of the United Anglers of Casa Grande, said he'd spoken Tuesday afternoon and evening to many of his 47 classmates in the school's award-winning restoration program.

"They just asked the same question, &‘Why?'"

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