Monday, March 10, 2014
WDFW Takes Important First Steps In Designating Lower Columbia Wild Steelhead Genebanks
Despite some loud, opinionated opposition from some in the fishing lobby, WDFW made the right choice this week in announcing that they will move ahead with the designation of three wild steelhead genebanks in the Lower Columbia. Under the plan, the department will be discontinuing the release of hatchery steelhead in the East Fork Lewis as well as the North Fork Toutle and its major tributary the Green River. They have also officially designated the Wind River a wild genebank. The Wind had been managed as a defacto wild steelhead refuge since 1997 when hatchery plants were discontinued there, and since that time wild steelhead in the Wind River have made a remarkable recovery.
More information in a press release from WDFW: