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This is your opportunity to help establish wild steelhead gene banks in a minimum of three Puget Sound rivers.
This is your opportunity to help establish wild steelhead gene banks in a minimum of three Puget Sound rivers. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is currently accepting comments on selecting “Wild Steelhead Gene Banks” in three Puget Sound Regions: (1) North Cascades, (2) Central/South Puget Sound, and (3) Hood Canal and Strait of Juan de Fuca. Wild Gene Banks are watersheds within which hatchery steelhead will not be planted; science indicates that keeping hatchery steelhead apart from wild steelhead is critical to wild steelhead recovery.
Help protect and recover threatened populations of wild steelhead in once prolific Puget Sound rivers by telling Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to establish strong, effective wild steelhead gene banks.
Time is running out, but we still have the potential to stop NOAA from setting this dangerous precedent that will imperil threatened steelhead populations and all ESA-listed species. Please submit a comment by using the red Take Action link and tell NOAA you will not stand for them undermining federal environmental protections for threatened steelhead.
Steelhead Summit: Wild Skagit steelhead and conservative fisheries management for continued stock recovery
Groups, anglers and citizens concerned about the restoration and protection of native, wild steelhead of the Skagit River in Washington are welcome to attend this event. You’ll hear presentations by noted scientists who work on fisheries and habitat research, and discuss public policy initiatives with wild steelhead advocates.
Opening up Skagit/Sauk to selective gear catch and release angling is within the conservation mandate for this watershed and would support the desires of recreational anglers, benefit local economies, and reduce pressure on other wild steelhead returns in our region.