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….
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.
Seafood Watch claims wild steelhead harvested from the Olympic Peninsula are a “Good Alternative” and a sustainable fish choice. The data says otherwise. It’s time we speak up and tell Seafood Watch to take OP wild steelhead off the menu!
The fishing might be tough these days, but as anglers we have a responsibility to help fund the management and conservation of our state’s fish and wildlife. We have the chance to do help make that happen tomorrow in Olympia at a hearing about House Bill 1647.