‘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

‘Hurtling Towards extinction’: B.C. steelhead returns critically low

Just-released numbers show two populations of B.C. Interior steelhead are on the brink of total collapse. According to the data, only 45 steelhead are expected to reach spawning grounds in the Chilcotin watershed this year and only 145 in the Thomspon watershed. "It's clear that we have a severe conservation crisis on our hands," said  Aaron Hill, … Continue reading ‘Hurtling Towards extinction’: B.C. steelhead returns critically low

Conservation and Science Report Issue Four

by Bill Bakke Nothing polarizes the salmon community like stocking. We agree that we need to protect and restore freshwater habitat. We accept that harvest levels must be adjusted to accommodate fluctuations in survival rates. It is past time for all of us—anglers, NGOs, scientists, managers and policy makers—to collectively confront our pathological addiction to … Continue reading Conservation and Science Report Issue Four