- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

TIBURON, Calif. (AP) - Prominent California officials are challenging San Francisco State University’s decision to evict a salmon-breeding program from university property.

San Francisco State University has ordered The Tiburon Salmon Institute to leave the university’s property north of the Golden Gate Bridge by July 1.

San Francisco State University president Leslie Wong tells the Marin Independent-Journal (https://bayareane.ws/1JTtKpB ) that the salmon institute pays no rent. Wong calls the eviction “a landlord-tenant issue.”

Northern California U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman says the institute has produced a million young salmon over four decades. The salmon-breeding center also has sought to involve the community with programs like its “kiss and release” project and also hosts tours by California schoolchildren.

Huffman, a Democrat from San Rafael, pledges to talk to San Francisco State University regents about the eviction. Some local lawmakers and officials and state fishing associations also have contacted the university with objections.

Tiburon Salmon Institute founder Brooke Halsey said university officials have not specified the reason for their planned removal of his salmon center.


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