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2016 Season Opening Talk

March 19, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm



Join us Saturday March 19th, 2016, for an informative day at the shop learning about North Coast Edibles and Abalone.

  • Shop Open: 10 am – 4 pm ( Day of the event only)
  • $15.00 registration fee includes lunch.
  • Register early and receive 20% OFF a single in store item, valid thru the end of March Registration is limited to the first 100 people.
  • No refunds.

Time: 11 am – Noon Lunch: Noon to 1 pm

Talk 1: North Coast Edibles. ( No not that kind ) Kevin Smith is an archaeologist and Ph.D. student at UC Davis. He has been hunting, fishing, gathering, and freedive-spearfishing his whole life. Author of the blog Countryman Foraging California’s Wild Side, Kevin enjoys sharing his passion for gathering and cooking the abundant wild foods that can be found throughout our state. Kevin, and his older brother Justin, were raised by the sea, gathering shellfish, fishing and eventually learning to hunt and spearfish: activities that helped feed them during their early college years and even today. In addition to his blog, Kevin writes cooking and outdoors articles for magazines such as Hawaii Skin Diver, Traditional Bowhunter, and the North Coast Journal. Kevin has also led edible plants workshops and invited guest lectures on stone tool manufacture and hunter-gatherer subsistence systems for over a decade ranging from California to Mongolia. This lecture will emphasize the prehistoric context of foraging, the importance of maintaining the tradition of foraging, identification of numerous edible terrestrial and marine species, and some favorite methods of preparation and wild food recipes..

Time: 1 pm- 2 pm

Talk 2: The Abalone Working Group: Citizen Science and Involvement in the Management of the Recreational Red Abalone Fishery. Frank Hurd, Project Director at The Nature Conservancy, will present on the status of this exciting effort and will explain how fishermen can get involved.Recreational Fishermen are uniquely positioned to assist in collaborative research and monitoring through their extensive knowledge, time in the water, and desire to sustain fishery stock and access in perpetuity. Fishermen in the Northern California recreational red abalone fishery are working with The Nature Conservancy to demonstrate a collaborative approach to data collection, assessment and management.



March 19, 2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Vanessa Fonts


The Freedive Shop
2500 Del Monte Street, Suite 110
West Sacramento, CA 95691 United States
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