Steelhead declines linked with poor survival of young fish in the ocean

Steelhead trout are entrenched in the economy, ecology, and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Declining numbers of steelhead in the rivers flowing through British Columbia, Washington state, and Oregon are troubling fishers and fisheries managers alike. A new study published today in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences shows that survival of young steelhead trout in ocean environments has also been precipitously declining.

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