Tag archive for: Steelhead Habitat
Dams impact steelhead in a number of ways. Dams block passage of salmon and steelhead as migrating juveniles on their way to the ocean as well as on their return to freshwater rivers to spawn (often hundreds of miles upstream). Some dams include fish passage via fish ladders, although the…
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 Snider Creek Hatchery: The Impacts of the Hatchery and Increased Wild Stock Harvest on Early Sol Duc River Winter Steelhead with Recommendations for Recovery
By Dick Burge Rebuilding the wild steelhead run on the Sol Duc River to its maximum capacity means we must develop a plan to recover the early run and all other depleted components of the total run. This is possible only if we eliminate hatchery plantings stocks and concentrate on…
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.
Margaret Atcheson, received a $5,000 scholarship from the WSC to study the effects of climate change, and the feeding habits and growth variables of steelhead in the marine (ocean) environment.
Bill McMillan was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Wild Steelhead Coalition (WSC) in early 2010 to continue research and develop an accurate historical baseline of what steelhead/salmon numbers and distribution were in the Columbia Basin prior to Euro-American contact. Funds for the WSC grant were secured from Patagonia’s World Trout Grant program.