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Entries in wild steelhead (41)

Friday
Nov212014

Wild Steelheaders United

This short edited and shot by Shane Anderson was screened at last night's Seattle Wild Steelheaders United launch party.

Thursday
Nov202014

Come on in, the water is fine!

Yes Virginia, steelhead are trout too.

Today is the launch day for Wild Steelheaders United.

From TU:

Wild Steelheaders United was established to educate and mobilize the numerous wild steelhead advocates wanting to engage in the Initiative. It is a place where anglers can become more informed about wild steelhead biology and ecology, keep abreast policy issues, and learn about Trout Unlimited's conservation work.

We may not always agree. We may not always have the answers. But we steelheaders share a common vision and for the future of wild steelhead. Together, we are a community with strength.

With millions of dollars invested on the ground, Trout Unlimited supports this vision through the Wild Steelhead Initiative.

Learn more at wildsteelheaders.org and tu.org

TU's commitment to putting some real skin in the steelhead conservation game is a very good thing.

That said, this launch is also a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate the tireless work of the organizations and individuals, many of them just volunteers who, have for decades been on the front lines fighting on behalf of wild steelhead. The work at times has been frustrating, and there have been disagreements along the way. But there has always been one singular focus; it's about the fish. Even more importantly those same individuals and the groups they represent have inspired many like myself to also take up the cause. I'd hate to think what the state of wild steelhead would be today as TU officially enters the fray without all of their efforts.

I look forward to seeing my fellow wild steelhead advocates both past and future at Earl's place in Seattle this evening. The water is indeed fine.

Thursday
Nov202014

TAKE ACTION - Prevent the collapse and ESA listing of wild steelhead on Washington's Olympic Peninsula

 

Here's your chance to make a strong statement on behalf of the wild native steelhead on the OP.

It will only take a second for you to send a message to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee urging him to prevent the collapse of wild native steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula.

Sign the petition and help the spread the word.

Just do it!

Wednesday
Nov192014

Fighting Against the Current: Keeping Steelhead in Morro Bay 

Each year, local steelhead make the journey from fresh to saltwater by means of the Morro Bay Estuary. But over the past several decades, their population numbers have been steadily declining. Check out our video to learn more about this awesome fish and find out what you can do to help conserve water and ensure this species remains safe in Morro Bay!

Wednesday
Nov052014

The Hatchery Issue

The Osprey vol. 79 is out and it's generating some buzz among the conservation and angling community. In this issue are:

  • To Save Wild Steelhead, Get Rid of Hatcheries. by Bill McMillan
  • Science Shows Better Marine Survival in Wild Steelhead. by Dr. Elizabeth Daly
  • Victory for Puget Sound Wild Steelhead. by Nick Gayeski
  • Implementing Washington's Wild Steelhead Management Plan. by Pete Soverl
  • Nickel Mining Threat in Southern Oregon and Northern California. by Michael Dotson

Read it HERE

Friday
Oct172014

Wild Sky Steelhead

This wild steelhead is resting behind a boulder exactly where Snohomish County wants to build a hydroelectric project on Washington's Skykomish River. The 24 foot in diameter water intake would be drilled into the bedrock within yards of where this fish is swimming. After this fish spawns it will out-migrate to the ocean, passing over two class VI waterfalls, the latter, Sunset Falls drops 104 feet in 300 feet. The same is true for a the tiny salmon, whitefish, bull trout and trout born above the falls. these fish will experience a much different trip if a hydroelectric project is built here.

You can learn more about the proposed hydroprojct on Washington's Wild and Scenic Skykomish River here.