Wednesday, October 12, 2011

WDFW Gets it Right on the Sol Duc

After reviewing public comments on the renewal of the Snider Creek hatchery, WDFW announced this week that starting in 2014 the Sol Duc will be designated as a Wild Steelhead Genebank. The Snider program, which takes early timed wild steelhead from the Sol Duc and rears their offspring in a hatchery run by the Olympic Peninsula Guides Association will be moved from the Sol Duc, with the Bogachiel or Calawah as likely destinations.

The Sol Duc is home to what is arguably the healthiest population of wild steelhead in the state and it's designation as a wild steelhead refuge marks a major step forward in the implementation of the Statewide Steelhead Management Plan. Thanks to everyone who took time to stand up for the Sol Duc and submit comments.

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