Sunday, February 22, 2009

Selective harvest bill in WA house

A very encouraging development from the Washington State house. House Bill 2266 appears to be designed to encourage more selective fishing gear and regulations to limit fishery impacts on wild stocks of salmon and steelhead. Write or call your state representative today and encourage them to support this extremely important bill.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Poor survival in the Puget Sound Georgia Basin

Canadian Researchers have documented what many have suspected for some time now, ocean survival for multiple species of salmonids has declined dramatically in the Puget Sound Georgia Basin over the last few decades. While salmon and steelhead restoration has been predominantly focused on the freshwater environment the importance of the ocean and the health of the oceanic ecosystem is often overlooked. Notice the author of the study Richard Beamish cites competition with hatchery fish as a potential contributor to poor ocean survival. The puget sound georgia basin is one of the most heavily supplemented salmon ecosystems in the world, hatchery policy which was developed during times of good ocean conditions may potentially contribute to decline and extinction in times of worse ocean conditions. Read the PI article here

Contact your state representatives ASAP

a recently proposed bill SB 5127 proposes to shrink the size of the Fish and Wildlife Commission down to 5 and bestow the power of appointing the Head of Fish and Wildlife to the governor. The Fish and Wildlife Commission is nonpartisan and its appointees reflect the views of numerous stakeholder groups in our state. It provides important continuity and oversight of the state fish and wildlife department and if marginalized the management of our fish and wildlife resources may be more subject to the whims of the political leadership in Olympia. Contact your representative today and tell them to vote no on SB 5127.

Cool new study on selective netting

New from the Columbia basin bulletin. A study conducted by the Colville tribe of North Central Washington has shown very low mortality on certain types of non-lethal, selective netting. Gill nets are non-selective and as a consequence pose a threat to endangered stocks of fish incedentally caught while targeting hatchery fish. Check out the study here