by Bill Bakke The following issues preclude recovery and conservation of threatened wild winter steelhead in the upper Willamette River. Therefore an effective recovery plan for this species remains to be developed by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Read Bill Bakke's notes Read Clady's 1971 Biology of Winter Steelhead Willamette River
While conservation was front and center at a number of booths at this year's ICAST/IFTD show in Orlando, perhaps no company committed to it quite as much as AFTCO. Foregoing a traditional (and expensive) booth, they put conservation first, donating the substantial dollars (with additional matching dollars they provided) they saved to a variety of … Continue reading AFTCO leads by example – conservation first
For centuries, steelhead thrived in this region. But the San Clemente Dam, built in 1921, blocked the river’s flow and undermined its ability to maintain an optimal environment for steelhead. And it’s not just the Carmel River where steelhead are hurting. All California steelhead populations south of San Francisco are listed as “threatened” under the … Continue reading With San Clemente Dam gone, are steelhead trout about to make comeback on the Carmel River?
Bruce Eddy, manager of the ODFW’s East Region, noted that the project has been in the works for a number of years and said he is delighted that it is coming to fruition. “We are excited to see it get going,” Eddy said. A biologist, Eddy said it is his hope that making spawning grounds … Continue reading Restoring dwindling steelhead, salmon populations in Beaver Creek is goal of fish ladder
An interesting article about lampreys. They share habitat with salmon and steelhead and have similar difficulty with dams, which make it hard for them to swim upstream. This year’s historic gush of water through California’s rivers brings the dawning of a renaissance for lampreys, a peculiar fish that migrates upstream to spawn but without the … Continue reading A leap in lampreys: Unlovely fish make welcome comeback
Wildlife officials estimate that there are only 500 ocean-going steelhead remaining in southern California – about 1-2% of the historic population. But after five years of drought, only seven were seen in 2017, three of which were in Santa Barbara streams. Environmental groups sued the federal government to force the listing of steelhead populations under the Endangered … Continue reading Protecting the last endangered steelhead in our creeks and rivers
Wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin are on the verge of collapse. Spring chinook counts are at a deathly anemic six percent of the ten-year average, with just a few thousand fish counted so far. Dams and hatcheries shoulder much of the blame for a long, painfully slow decline, but the drop from … Continue reading Columbia Conundrum
by Bill Bakke Options for hatchery production: Harvest or Recovery The purpose of the hatchery program determines whether the salmonids will promote harvest (smolt releases) or promote wild fitness and boost natural population size (unfed fry releases). The two studies present below illustrate these management choices for hatchery programs. “…harvest opportunity is increased by hatchery … Continue reading Conservation and Science Report Issue Two