Wild Steelhead Coalition calls on DNR, Commissioner of Public Lands Franz and Governor Inslee to block Puget Sound fish farm proposal
The Wild Steelhead Coalition is extremely disappointed that the Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved Cooke Aquaculture’s application to farm “steelhead” in Washington’s public waters and is calling on the state to block Cooke’s latest misguided fish farm proposal.
Near the end of September, the Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) Commission voted to close the season on the Clearwater River and a portion of the Snake River within the state’s border. It is our hope that the closure this Fall is the final alarm call that wakes up the public, fishery managers and the angling community to the desperate situation steelhead, and salmon, face in the Columbia and Snake River systems.
The Wild Steelhead Coalition was honored to donate a brand new raft, oars, trail cameras, and spotting scopes to the WDFW Law Enforcement Program on the Olympic Peninsula to support their critical efforts to defend and protect our shared natural resources in that vast, wild landscape.
Cooke Aquaculture’s proposed steelhead net pens could have major repercussions on Washington’s wild steelhead populations and must be more thoroughly reviewed before any approval is provided. The following is the Wild Steelhead Coalition’s comments on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Draft State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) documents.
Donate now to preserve and protect an important piece of new public land on the lower Grande Ronde River, one of the country’s great steelhead rivers.
Wild Steelhead Coalition expresses strong support for the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s proposed rulemaking to eliminate harvest restrictions for bass, walleye, and channel catfish in all rivers, lakes, and streams that also support salmon smolts.