Central Beliefs of the WSC
The Wild Steelhead Coalition (WSC) is an organization dedicated to increasing the return of wild steelhead to the waters and rivers of the Pacific Northwest.
The WSC believes that wild steelhead is the Northwest’s greatest natural resource
The following are some of the WSC’s core beliefs about wild steelhead, its needs for recovery and sustainability, and the value of its preservation for future generations:
- To increase fish runs, more wild fish must return to their rivers and spawn.
- In order for fish runs to be restored, damaged habitat must be returned to its productive state.
- The many miles of productive spawning grounds that humans have made inaccessible to steelhead must again be made accessible.
- Hatcheries must be managed to remove or minimize impacts on wild steelhead.
- Hatchery steelhead must be mass-marked to differentiate them from wild stocks.
- Maximum Sustained Harvest and Maximum Sustained Yield have failed to protect and perpetuate our wild fish. New management models, based on factors other than the greatest possible harvest of wild fish, must be developed.
- We believe that taking substantive action to protect and restore wild steelhead will in turn benefit other wild salmonids.
- All stakeholders have a role to play in the preservation of wild steelhead.
- Steelhead is an iconic species in the Pacific Northwest, and one with enormous cultural and economic significance. To lose it would be to deprive our children and grandchildren of one of the great legacies of this region.