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Entries in steelhead (210)

Wednesday
Feb242010

Worried Yet?

Motivated by my love of fly fishing for steelhead, and my desire to help preserve them and their habitat, I recently joined the board of the Wild Steelhead Coalition. Since joining I've had a chance to see first hand the hard work put forth by the volunteer advocates of these great fish and the places they return to every year. It is work bound together by a desire to save wild steelhead and all to often it seems like a losing fight.

I'd like to make a personal appeal to the entire Chum nation to read the five actions you can take to help save wild steelhead and consider joining the Wild Steelhead Coalition. Every contribution is critical, every voice is vital - and your voice could make a difference.

Thanks!

Wednesday
Feb032010

IHN Outbreak on the Quillayute System

It is time to demand an end to failed hatchery programs.

An IHN outbreak in hatchery reared steelhead has resulted in the culling of all hatchery fish at the Bogachiel State Hatchery. Wild Broodstock fish in the Snider Creek program on the Sol Duc may also be infected and are being closely monitored for the disease.

If the disease spread to the wild population in the Quillayute system, the effects could be disastrous.

LINK (Via: Osprey Steelhead News)

Wednesday
Jan272010

Wild Steelhead Coalition General Membership Meeting

Tomorrow night the Wild Steelhead Coalition will be hosting its annual winter membership meeting at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture NHS Hall. The meeting starts at 6:30 with some free food and drinks followed by a a showing of the film Where Hope Resides. With the recent announcement of closures on the Skagit, Sauk and Green Rivers due to poor returns, now more than ever organizations like the WSC need your support.

Wednesday
Jan272010

"It was the perfect storm of conditions for fish"

The Wall Street Journal takes a stab at understanding our finned friends in the Pacific.

"The main reason for the population surge, scientists here say, is a brief period of cooling in the Northern Pacific ocean in 2008. Cooler currents brought in fatter plankton, which salmon and steelhead smolts thrive on, said ODFW spokesman Rick Swart. Temperatures have since warmed up again."

Tuesday
Jan262010

Waiting for the Ministry

The long-awaited ministry response to the Skeena Quality Waters working groups recommendations should be in by the end of January, from the promised November 2009 publish date.

LINK (Via: Houston Today)

Thursday
Jan212010

Early 29 pounder bites the dust on the Hoh

A magnificent fish meets a sad end in a Lower Hoh tribal gill net.