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WSC has identified concerns regarding wild steelhead oversight on the Skagit after review of the draft report “Stock Status and Harvest Management Plan for Steelhead Returning to the Skagit River for the 2011-2012 Run Period”.
Anglers are utilized to harvest excess hatchery steelhead to protect endangered wild stocks. Analysis of catch data from the Upper Columbia reflects the outcomes of these efforts for the 2010-11 fishery season.
WDFW currently fails to complete written management plans with the tribal comanagers before steelhead angling begins. When this happens, and a particular steelhead run is projected to be below the escapement goal, the tribes often fish directly for wild steelhead when there is no harvestable surplus. Take action today; tell WDFW to implement a management plan with the tribes before opening any river system to steelhead fishing.
The WSC supports river closures for wild steelhead fisheries when the runs are showing a decline and have not made their escapement goals over time. However, we have not found any information that supports the escapement goals and early closures of the Willapa Bay rivers.
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.