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An update of our Skagit Initiative work from the fall of 2013…
The latest from our Elwha River litigation and the next steps in the process.
Our new executive director Bob Margulis gives a taste of what’s ahead for the WSC in the upcoming year, including our Skagit River watershed work and an annual review of Washington Statewide Steelhead Management Plan.
The final President’s Run from founder and past president Rich Simms, in which he shares his top ten musings from years of work with the WSC.
Published in the most recent issue of the North American Journal of Fisheries Management, “Population Structure and Run Timing of Steelhead in the Skeena River, British Columbia” increases the previous number of assumed distinct populations of summer steelhead in the river from 5 to 17. The authors (Beacham, Wallace, et al.) utilized genetic analysis from samples of mainly adult fish collected at the mouth of the river to isolate these populations.
As most are aware, dam removal on the Elwha River presents one of the greatest salmonid recovery opportunities in the United States. A Fish Restoration Plan was designed to expedite commercial salmon harvests through large-scale hatchery production, but the levels of hatchery production proposed would greatly impede the recovery of wild-producing salmonids (along with the poorly designed monitoring and adaptive management protocols for the hatchery programs).