Bob Pagliuco is a NOAA Marine Habitat Resource Specialist. Bob loves spending time with his 2 children and is an avid fisherman for salmon, steelhead, halibut and tuna. He enjoys gardening, bicycling and hiking through the redwood forests of Northern CA. Bob is the NMFS representative to the CA Fish Passage Forum and has been coordinating efforts to remove fish passage barriers in Coastal CA including North America's largest dam removal project on the Klamath River, the Hostler Creek dam removal project in the Hoopa Valley and helps coordinate fish passage barrier monitoring efforts in Northern CA. Bob has been the chair of the Forum's Governance Committee since 2013 and the chair of the CA Fish Passage Forum as of January 1, 2018.



Damon Goodman is a Supervisory Fish Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Damon has spent the last decade working on native fish conservation issues in anadromous streams throughout California. In recent efforts, Damon focused on developing alternative approaches to providing fish passage at manmade obstacles, creating tools for environmental streamflow management and evaluating the effectiveness of stream restoration approaches. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science and Freshwater Ecology at Western Washington University and a Master’s of Science degree at Humboldt State University where he pioneered a study of Pacific Lamprey population structure from British Columbia to Southern California. Conserving California’s native lampreys continues to be a focus of Damon’s career and he serves as a regional representative for the Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative. He resides in Arcata, California where he enjoys exploring wilderness rivers with his wife and three children.





Tom Schroyer is a Senior Environmental Scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife specializing in Fish Screens and Fish Passage. He has worked for the Department for the past 29 years with most of his time spent on anadromous fishes. Tom is also the Statewide Coordinator for all fish rescues related to drought conditions. He has a B.S. Degree in Biological Conservation from Sacramento State University. He is an avid outdoorsman and spends nearly all his free time hunting and fishing throughout all of California and most mid-Western States including Alaska. Tom is the DFW representative for the Fish Passage Form and has is a member of the Science and Data Committee. He is the grant manager of the Passage Assessment Database, which provides valuable information on fish passage projects statewide.



Melinda Molnar is a Senior Biologist with the California Department of Transportation. Over the years she has worked with a multitude of partners in order to plan, permit and construct large bridge projects, first in Humboldt, Del Norte and Mendocino Counties and eventually throughout the state. Melinda is Caltrans' biology subject matter expert for all issues related to fish and aquatic species and is a graduate of Humboldt State University.



Steve Brumbaugh is a Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) with the Department of Water Resources. He grew up camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing with his family, and during his undergraduate work at California State University, Hayward (now CSU East Bay) he participated in an internship with East Bay Regional Parks that introduced him to fisheries science. After obtaining his B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Ecology, he began working for DWR in 2004 as a scientific aid on the Feather River Program. In 2007 he moved to Sacramento to take a full time position as an Environmental Scientist in the Division of Environmental Services’ Habitat Restoration Section. In 2014 he took his current position, as a Senior ES (Specialist) in the Riverine Ecosystems Section and the lead fish biologist for the section. Steve completed his M.S. in Biology, with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation at Sacramento State in 2015. He has worked extensively with Central Valley anadromous fish. He began working with Fish Passage Forum in 2016 and is now co-chair of the Science and Data Committee.



Stan Allen is a Senior Program Manager for Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. He began with PSMFC in 1992 after nearly 10 years with Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Stan currently represents Fisheries Commissions as a member of the National Fish Habitat Board; co-chairs the NFHP Partnership Committee and serves as the PSMFC representative for a number of steering committees.



Marc Commandatore has spent his 22 years as a state scientist solving challenges to terrestrial and aquatic species in California. The better part of the 2000’s he worked with commercial shellfish operations in Morro Bay, Point Reyes, Tomales Bay, Santa Barbara, Humboldt Bay, and Agua Hedionda Lagoon. His dad taught him to fly fish at age 9. Now he runs the California Department of Water Resources Fish Passage Improvement Program. For the past three years he has been leading that program with his high performing team of scientists and engineers working on fish passage at high dams, in the flood system, and small tributaries to the Central Valley. He continues to bring his passion for creating thriving partnerships and building diverse collations through the collaborative leadership in the Fish Passage Forum.



Holly Eddinger is the Pacific Southwest Regional Fisheries and Aquatic Species Program Leader for the USDA Forest Service (Region 5). She has worked as a fisheries & aquatic biologist with the Forest Service since 1989. Holly earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology and Environmental Ethics from Humboldt State University and completed a graduate coursework of study in Stream Ecology and Hydrology at Oregon State University.  A few of the species of particular interest to Holly have been the Little Kern golden trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout, Yosemite toad, Sierra (mountain) yellow-legged frog, and Foothill yellow-legged frog. Currently she is focused on the management aspects of fisheries & aquatic biota, and the increasing issues associated with the threat of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, changing climate, habitat fragmentation, developing partnerships and aquatic educational opportunities for communities.



Anna Halligan directs Trout Unlimited’s North Coast Coho Project from Fort Bragg, California, and is representing Trout Unlimited on the Fish Passage Forum. Anna has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Warren Wilson College, and has over fourteen years of experience in watershed restoration and project management.  Her work has been and continues to be focused on species recovery through process based watershed restoration. Anna also serves on the Caltrans District 1 FishPAC, and as a Board Director for the Salmonid Restoration Federation and Advisory Committee member for the Watershed Stewards Program. 



Natalie Stauffer-Olsen is Trout Unlimited's California Staff Scientist has worked in freshwater systems of northern California and the Sierra Nevada since her graduation from UCLA in 2004. She studied benthic invertebrate genetics and distributions in the Russian River watershed and Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon for her dissertation research done in the Environmental Science, Policy and Management Program at the UC Berkeley, which she completed in 2017. Natalie's work with TU focuses on bringing scientific rationale and evaluation to the management, preservation and restoration of salmonids and aquatic ecosystems. Natalie believes that using scientific understanding to guide, understand, and adaptively manage collaborative efforts to benefit fish passage in the long-term is an excellent method to protect and restore anadromous salmonids, so she is honored to be a part of the Fish Passage Forum. 


The California Fish Passage Forum, an association of public, private and government organizations, is working to coordinate and streamline permits required for restoration, and assist private landowners, community groups, and public agencies in efforts to remove migration barriers and restore currently inaccessible habitat. The Forum also seeks long-term funding for fish passage projects, and conducts workshops that provide design and project implementation assistance to landowners and local agencies.


Anadromous fish habitats in California have been impacted by human-caused and natural disturbances. Addressing connectivity has been consistently identified as a high priority, cost-effective approach to protecting and restoring anadromous fish populations. Restoring unimpeded passage for aquatic organisms in anadromous systems is imperative for the success of all  habitat restoration activities. A coordinated and comprehensive fish passage improvement program is fundamental to this effort.  

Man-made barriers to anadromous fish migration include road and stream crossings, irrigation diversions, dams, and other in-stream structures. Passage impediments affect adult and juvenile fish by delaying or preventing upstream and downstream migration, preventing the use of available habitat, and possibly inflicting injury or death. The  Forum was established in response to significant declines in coho salmon, Chinook salmon, and steelhead. At least one population of all of these species are Federally listed as either Threatened or Endangered within California, and efforts are underway to recover their populations. In addition to the salmonid species listed above, the Forum recognizes the significant impacts of passage barriers to Pacific lamprey, white and green sturgeon, Klamath Basin Lost River Sucker, and Shortnose sucker. The Forum strives to facilitate, advance, and disseminate information related to improving passage of all of these species within and beyond the State of California.


Numerous state and federal plans plans identify fish passage and connectivity a high priority for restoration efforts. The Forum coordinates among agency programs and private sector activities across jurisdictions to target high priority projects, and to improve the timeliness and cost-effectiveness of fish passage restoration efforts. The Forum is also exploring opportunities to secure and provide funding for fish passage projects in the anadromous waters of California.

High resolution .pdf of the Forum's geographic scope.