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Does catch and release affect the mating system and individual reproductive success of wild Atlantic salmon?
In this study, they documented the breeding system of a wild population of Atlantic salmon by genetically sampling every returning adult and assessed the determinants of individual fitness. They then quantified the impacts of catch and release (C&R) on mating and reproductive success.
We recommend the following six books to help you get started in understanding the plight of wild steelhead and salmon in the Pacific Northwest and the complicated nature of their management.
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”.
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…
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.