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….
Multiple courts have ruled that the federal government’s approach to steelhead and salmon restoration on the Snake is misguided and a massive waste of taxpayer money. They’ve ordered the government to explore a new approach, but now new legislation authored by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is trying to mandate that we stick with our broken management strategy.
In May, we said goodbye to our dear friend Les Johnson, who was a steelhead icon and a founding member of the Wild Steelhead Coalition. Born and raised in the heart of Steelhead Country, Les devoted his life to writing about and protecting the iconic fish that captivated him throughout his illustrious life.
Projections for wild steelhead returns on the Columbia looked atrocious this year, and the early returns have been even worse than originally expected. If things don’t get better soon, we may be looking at the worst wild steelhead runs in the Columbia’s recorded history.