Please take a minute to tell WDFW that they should designate the Skagit as a wild steelhead gene bank. More than any other single watershed, the Skagit is the cornerstone for restoring Puget Sound Steelhead, so we cannot afford to miss the opportunity to make it a wild steelhead sanctuary.
Throughout the southern half of their range, wild steelhead have experienced tremendous declines during the last century and a half. While many factors have contributed to their decline, overharvest in sport and commercial fisheries has been ubiquitous, and today most populations are depressed below 10% of their historic abundance. During…
In order to restore the abundance, distribution, diversity, and long term productivity of wild steelhead and their habitats to assure healthy stocks, hatchery programs need to be removed from management plans where ever possible. Plus, greater priority needs to be given to the long term sustainability of wild steelhead stocks….
Renowned singer-songwriter Chuck Ragan and Filson have teamed up to support the Wild Steelhead Coalition. On September 23rd, Chuck will be performing a benefit concert at Filson’s Flagship Store in Seattle to support WSC’s work to increase the return of wild steelhead.
This month, WDFW designated the Elwha and Nisqually rivers as Wild Steelhead Gene Banks, which is welcome news, but the entire Skagit should be designated as well.
Apply today for a chance to serve on a new WDFW Advisory Group tasked with helping identify a new Wild Steelhead Gene Bank in north Puget Sound.