Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hood Canal Recovery Project Impeded by Harvest

Tarboo Creek, a tributary of the Hood Canal's Dabob bay, has been the subject of substantial restoration investment with more than 20 million dollars spent to protect and restore habitat in the creek and estuary. Given these investments and the relatively good quality of habitat in Tarboo Creek wild coho and chum should be thriving in the watershed. Unfortunately, short sighted harvest has taken a toll on Tarboo Creek salmon. During fall, when Coho are staging to enter the creek, they school en mass in Dabob Bay. With tribal fisheries targeting large numbers of hatchery fish in the area and a fishing boundary that allows fishing in the estuary of Tarboo Creek, wild coho have been decimated in recent years while staging off the mouth of the creek.

This year, citing concerns over extremely high harvest rates on wild coho returning to Tarboo Creek, WDFW proposed extending the fishing boundary out from the mouth of the creek. The plan which would have protected wild fish returning to Tarboo Creek while still allowing fishing in much of Dabob Bay was approved by other local tribes but rejected by the Skokomish.

More information in the Kitsap Sun:


and a write up by Doug Rose:


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