Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is currently accepting comments on selecting “Wild Steelhead Gene Banks” in three Puget Sound Regions: (1) North Cascades, (2) Central/South Puget Sound, and (3) Hood Canal and Strait of Juan de Fuca. Wild Gene Banks are watersheds within which hatchery steelhead will not be planted; science indicates that keeping hatchery steelhead apart from wild steelhead is critical to wild steelhead recovery. Wild steelhead are currently at 3% of their 1900 abundance, and are listed as Threatened under the ESA.
If you care about wild steelhead, please send your comments today–vote for Puget Sound Wild Steelhead Gene Banks. Comments must be received no later than 5p.m. Pacific time on August 13, 2015.