Publication category archive for: WSC Comments
Comments on Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s process to amend the Fish and Wildlife Program
A letter from a coalition of organizations to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in support of their Protected Areas Program, which includes addressing current river protection needs, data, and science. This also includes new Endangered Species Act listings and expected changes to Pacific Northwest rivers and headwater streams due to a changing climate.
A multi-organization publication outlining the comments of WSC, Native Fish Society, Wild Fish Conservancy, Federation of Fly Fishers, and Washington Fly Fishing Coalition on the Klickitat River Hatchery Complex program. The Klickitat is a river of extraordinary biological and cultural importance for the state of Washington and for the recovery of listed steelhead in the Middle Columbia.
WSC submitted this document to the WDFW in June 2011 and made the recommendation that the Snider Creek Hatchery on the Sol Duc River be terminated. The Olympic Peninsula boasts many great steelhead rivers, but the Sol Duc seems to be the best fit to be designated as a Wild Steelhead Management Area (WSMA) for a multitude of reasons. Among other topics, Burge and McMillan explain the unique benefits of the Sol Duc spawning habitat as well as the harmful impacts of Snider hatchery fish on wild winter steelhead.
The WSC provided comments for critical habitat designation for the Puget Sound Wild Steelhead DPS. The WSC analyzed the Proposed critical habitat designation map and found specific areas that should be included in the critical habitat designation. Well Documented Science and research has indicated these areas are critical to wild Steelhead adults and juvenile migration. The WSC also commented on habitat degredation and channelization of rivers. These impacts must be addressed in the critical habitat designation as well.
The WSC was concerned by how the WDFW accepted and rejected rule proposals without public comment. WDFW initially selects rule proposals for the WDFW commission to hear comments on and move forward. The WSC is concerned that many well written, scientific based, rule proposals were being neglected by WDFW Staff. The WDFW Commission has now taken steps to allow public review on specific rule proposals that have been rejected by WDFW staff.
In 2007, there was a proposal by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to increase the allowable harvest for wild steelhead in the main stem and North Fork Umpqua. WSC stepped in with a recommendation that opposed the proposal and called for a ban on the wild steelhead kill fishery in the Umpqua system. This is the original letter sent to ODFW.