Support the Grays and Chinook Rivers as Washington’s Next Wild Steelhead Gene Bank!
On January 21st from 6:00-8:00 PM, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public meeting in Cathlamet, WA to discuss the two options for the state’s next Wild Steelhead Gene Bank. WDFW will be accepting public comments at the meeting and written comments starting January 25th. The meeting will take place at the Wahkiakum County’s River Street Meeting Room (25 River Street, Cathlamet, WA 98612).
Wild Steelhead Gene Banks, also known as Wild Stock Gene Banks and Wild Steelhead Management Zones, are areas where no releases of hatchery steelhead will occur, which helps protect wild fish from the negative effects of hatchery plants.
The Grays and Chinook rivers are the best candidates for the next Wild Steelhead Gene Bank because they are strong wild steelhead populations that have met or exceeded escapement goals for the last 15 years and are likely to maintain high productivity into the future.
Please attend the meeting and speak up for making the Grays and Chinook Washington’s next wild steelhead gene bank. To learn more, please see the document below or check out WDFW’s website.