The Annual Coho Confab explores watershed restoration through the sharing and learning of restoration techniques to recover coho salmon populations, and enables fish-centric people to network network and collaborate in an informal environment. Richard Gienger, a restoration pioneer residing in Humboldt County, CA, coined the term “Confab” from the verb “confabulate,” which literally means to informally chat or to fabricate to compensate for gaps in one’s memory.
The Confab allows for participants and instructors to share innovative techniques, pioneering experience, and scientific methodologies. Participants learn skills and techniques that can be applied to restore habitat in their home watershed. This event is renowned for taking place in beautiful riverine settings on the North Coast, where camping, swimming, and gatherings around bonfires are part and parcel of the experience.