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….
Last week we scored a major victory for wild steelhead when Governor Inslee directed state agencies to cease planning efforts for the proposed Chehalis River dam and instead develop a basin-wide, non-dam alternative to flood reduction.
We are proud to announce that WSC board member Josh Mills was named the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Sigurd F. Olson Award winner for his tireless work to protect American public waters for the future.
Recently, we submitted comments to the Washington Department of Ecology citing a litany of concerns with Cooke Aquaculture’s proposal to transition their existing Atlantic salmon net pens to farmed triploid rainbow trout (steelhead) and urging the Department to conduct a full State Environmental Policy Act review for Cooke’s proposal to modify their water quality permits.