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….
Recently, our good friends over at Patagonia joined the fight by posting a story on their blog The Cleanest Line about the need to stop NMFS proposal to list 23 hatchery steelhead and salmon programs under the Endangered Species Act.
To raise awareness about the legislation, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers released a short film that shines a light on the jewels of the North Umpqua and discusses the critical importance of creating the Frank Moore Steelhead Sanctuary.
If WDFW’s plan is approved and agreements are reached with the National Marine Fisheries Service and co-manager tribes, the spring catch-and-release sportfishing season for steelhead on the famed Skagit River could reopen for the first time since 2010.