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The 2015 WSC Conservation Award was presented to Trout Unlimited’s John McMillan.
Due to an illness, John McMillan was unfortunately unable to receive this year’s Wild Steelhead Coalition “Conservation Award” in person. However, here are his prepared remarks: I have spent much of the past twenty years studying steelhead as a scientist, and the past forty years fishing for steelhead. For me, and…
Almost 30 years ago, on returning from a remote and little known steelhead stream on the West Coast of Vancouver Island north of Tofino there came one of those decisions that one later remembers as pivotal — a path taken with resulting joys and fulfillments previously unconsidered.
A future for wild steelhead: Establishing the First Wild Steelhead Management Zone on the Sol Duc River
Recently the WDFW made a hard social and biological decision to move the Snider Creek hatchery to the Bogachiel River, freeing up the Sol Duc River for classification as a Wild Steelhead Management Area (WSMZ). This was the result of many organizations and hundreds of interested steelheaders sending in comments to WDFW related to hatchery impacts. The Wild Steelhead Coalition, along with the Native Fish Society, led this charge, providing two white papers and comments on the science of hatchery impacts and the need for a quality Wild Steelhead Management Zone (WDMZ) on the Washington Coast.
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.