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WSC Position on Wild Steelhead Harvest

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…

Posted by: | December 2, 2011 | Comments: 0

Key Issue: Steelhead Harvest

  • Solutions for conservation: Dean River steelhead

    Robert Hooton, retired fisheries biologist and wild steelhead advocate checks in from British Columbia with a perspective on fisheries management for Dean River steelhead.

    Category: Newsletter Articles | Posted by: | 11/20/13 | Comments: 1
  • Submit Comments on Washington State Regulation Changes

    Take action and submit your comments to the WDFW for regulation improvements during the 2013/2014 sportfishing rule proposals adoption process.

    Category: WSC Updates | Posted by: | 1/22/13 | Comments: 1
  • Study: Run Timing of steelhead in the Skeena River

    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.

    Category: Newsletter Articles | Posted by: | 7/7/12 | Comments: 0
  • Update: Suit to block Elwha hatchery programs

    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).

    Category: Newsletter Articles | Posted by: | 7/7/12 | Comments: 0
  • President’s Run: Where do we go from here?

    Are we at a time where there is no place left to go? For this angler, it seems we are approaching a destination I hate to admit or begrudge to accept. The wild, rainforest rivers of the West end of the Olympic Peninsula (OP) is a very special place with a race of legendary wild winter-run steelhead that could rival the world renown Skeena system to the North.

    Category: Newsletter Articles | Posted by: | 7/6/12 | Comments: 0
  • Historical Abundance of Puget Sound steelhead

    The Puget Sound steelhead , Oncorhynchus mykiss, was listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2007, prompting the initiation of recovery planning.  Recovery planning requires, ultimately, the identification of conditions under which the “evolutionary significant unit” (ESU) can be considered to have been recovered and subsequently removed from the list of threatened and endangered species (“de-listed”).

    Category: Newsletter Articles | Posted by: | 7/6/12 | Comments: 0