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….
On March 9th, Brian Knutsen presented an oral argument before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Wild Steelhead Coalition, The Conservation Angler, the Federation of Fly Fishers Steelhead Committee, and Wild Fish Conservancy about the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s hatchery on the Elwha River.
The Wild Steelhead Coalition is proud to be a funding partner of WDFW’s Hoh River Steelhead Research Program, a years-long effort to better understand steelhead biology and ecology, fill information gaps needed for steelhead management, and improve resiliency of steelhead populations.
We are excited to launch of our new campaign Steelhead Country! The campaign is a collaborative creation that features a six-episode film series produced by Shane Anderson that explores the rise and fall of angling for wild steelhead in Washington and asks anglers to take action and bring back Steelhead Country.