Key Issue: Steelhead Habitat
During the WDFW Major Regulation Cycle of 2009, the WSC proposed a harvest closure of wild steelhead during the early winter months (December, January and half of February) that allowed fishing to continue by catch and release. That proposal was adopted by the WDFW Commission and became a formal regulation last year. The following is a rewrite of the justification the WSC provided WDFW to justify this new regulation.
The Wild Steelhead Coalition collaborates with other wild fish advocacy organizations to comment on the potential Klickitat River Basin hatchery expansion.
In March 2011, The Wild Steelhead Coalition provided comments to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regarding Puget Sound Steelhead Critical habitat designation.
The Wild Steelhead Coalition submitted comments on Snohomish County’s Steelhead Foundations Project, which seeks to develop baseline information that would be used in recovery planning of the Snohomish River Basin’s wild steelhead.
Margaret Atcheson, received a $5,000 scholarship from the WSC to study the effects of climate change, and the feeding habits and growth variables of steelhead in the marine (ocean) environment.