Comments on National Marine Fisheries Service Proposed Evaluation and Pending Determination re: Skagit River Steelhead Fishery Resource Management Plan

TCA has signed on to the attached letter expressing concerns about the Resource Management Plan (RMP) the Skagit Indian Tribes and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding the Skagit River. Both the RMP and the Proposed Evaluation and Pending Determination (PEPD) fail to provide the kind of detailed … Continue reading Comments on National Marine Fisheries Service Proposed Evaluation and Pending Determination re: Skagit River Steelhead Fishery Resource Management Plan

Combination of warmer water, chemical exposure intensifies harmful effects in a coastal fish

Warmer water temperatures, combined with exposure to chemicals already known to be harmful to aquatic life, could threaten organisms that have temperature-sensitive sex determination. Researchers found that inland silversides (Menidia beryllina) exposed to endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) exhibited altered sex ratios, lower fertility rates and deformities. Further, the effects were more acute in the fish … Continue reading Combination of warmer water, chemical exposure intensifies harmful effects in a coastal fish

Emergency assessment launched for B.C.’s steelhead

A dismal return for steelhead in British Columbia's Interior Fraser River system has prompted an emergency assessment of the species. A long, long overdue step taken by Canadian officials and scientists, and unless emergency actions are taken in the commercial and First Nation fisheries in the Fraser River, it may be too late. Read the … Continue reading Emergency assessment launched for B.C.’s steelhead

What to do if you catch an escaped Atlantic Salmon around Puget Sound

What Atlantic salmon from a net pen look like – note large dark spots on gill plate   What to do if an Atlantic salmon is caught:  1) kill it; take it home; freeze it for later possible pickup for examination (if not shortly contacted you dispose of it as you may wish) 2) if … Continue reading What to do if you catch an escaped Atlantic Salmon around Puget Sound

Website to monitor Puget Sound net-pen failure

Washington State regulators have suspended their salmon aquaculture rule-making process as multiple agencies work on the clean up and investigation in the aftermath of the massive Atlantic salmon net-pen failure in Puget Sound.  This new website contains a massive amount of information about the spill. The Conservation Angler and wild salmon organizations will remain aggressive … Continue reading Website to monitor Puget Sound net-pen failure

‘Extremely close to being gone forever’: B.C. fisheries manager says feds failing Interior steelhead

An iconic fish could soon disappear from British Columbian waters, according to the province's fisheries manager, who worries Thompson River steelhead may be on the brink of collapse. Mike Ramsay, assistant director of B.C's Fish and Game branch, said if management practices in the federally regulated commercial salmon fishery don't change, Thompson steelhead may not be able … Continue reading ‘Extremely close to being gone forever’: B.C. fisheries manager says feds failing Interior steelhead

An Argument Against Fish Hatcheries

People whose livelihoods depend upon building and sustaining hatcheries continue to argue for their importance, but the years of genetic analysis conducted since 1976 reach troubling conclusions. At all stages of life, from fresh water out to the ocean and back, hatchery fish compete with wild fish for space and food, to the clear detriment … Continue reading An Argument Against Fish Hatcheries

The public paid $14 million for an Idaho hatchery — and all its fish have been dying

Only 157 endangered Snake River sockeye salmon returned to the Sawtooth Valley this year — and not one of them came from a $14 million hatchery built to help their recovery. The Springfield Hatchery opened in eastern Idaho in 2013, paid for by the Bonneville Power Administration — a federal agency that markets power from … Continue reading The public paid $14 million for an Idaho hatchery — and all its fish have been dying