Friday, January 3, 2014
Don't Let Hatchery Advocates Hijack WDFW's Gene Bank Process
Now the department is bowing to pressure from the CCA, extending the comment period and holding a second public meeting on the issue of designating the gene banks. The proposal to designate the Green River as a wild gene bank has apparently been particularly contentious with some local anglers who enjoy fishing for hatchery origin skamania stock summer runs. However, this ignores the fact that even with the closure of the hatchery program there will still be ample opportunity to fish for hatchery summer runs in the region, including on the Cowlitz, SF Toutle, Kalama, NF Lewis and Washougal.
The public meeting is scheduled for the evening of January 9th and will run from 6-8PM. It is being held at Washington Hall Room 103 at Centralia College, 701 W. Walnut St.
It is critical that advocates for wild steelhead make a strong showing at this meeting and give WDFW cover to make the right choice and protect wild steelhead in the Green and Northfork Toutle Rivers.
More information on the proposed gene banks in the Lower Columbia: