At The Helm: The fighting spirit of Pete Soverel

The status of wild winter-steelhead populations can drive the most committed steelheaders to seek refuge near the fringes of Salmo Mykiss' geographical range—fewer anglers can mean a few more fish. So, after 19 hours of driving, I pull my truck into the dark driveway descending to a rustic lakefront cabin. Towering cedars block what scant … Continue reading At The Helm: The fighting spirit of Pete Soverel

A ‘place-based’ approach to raise the bar on sustainably harvested salmon

“Salmon management needs to become place-based; this means fish are harvested near their rivers of origin, the fishery has high confidence in the number of salmon that can be safely harvested, and the diversity of wild salmon is maintained over multiple generations, especially in the face of rapid climate change.” Dr. Nick Gayeski, Aquatic Ecologist, … Continue reading A ‘place-based’ approach to raise the bar on sustainably harvested salmon

B.C First Nation announces full closure of Chilcotin River steelhead fishery

A B.C. First Nation is closing the Chilcotin River steelhead trout fishery to its people because of an 81 percent species decline over the last 18 years. “Steelhead are facing a serious crisis that cannot be ignored,” said Tsilhqot’in National Government Chair Chief Joe Alphonse Tuesday. “We are imposing an immediate closure on the fisheries … Continue reading B.C First Nation announces full closure of Chilcotin River steelhead fishery

Willamette River dams hurting our wild fish and pearlshell mussels: Guest opinion

By Travis Williams and David Moskowitz Imagine living on the bottom of the Willamette River or its tributaries for decades, filtering water to survive. That's is the reality for the amazing Western Pearlshell mussel, long and oval with dark shells the length of an outstretched hand. In the right conditions, this bivalve creature can live … Continue reading Willamette River dams hurting our wild fish and pearlshell mussels: Guest opinion