2018 Conservation and Science Report Five

PERSPECTIVE Snake River Salmon and Steelhead Abundance The following links to graphs produced by Idaho Fish and Game track the run size of hatchery and wild salmon and steelhead passage above Lower Granit Dam, comparing it to recovery goal for these threatened species from the 1950s to 2017. The spring and summer chinook were protected through the … Continue reading 2018 Conservation and Science Report Five

Science and Conservation Report Four

Fish Culture - Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Samuel Wilmot who initiated fish culture in Canada, wrote in 1870: “A repetition of this process (planting artificially hatched salmon in streams emptying into Lake Ontario) for a few years, aided by judicious enactments for their preservation and protection, would undoubtedly soon replenish and restock the waters of … Continue reading Science and Conservation Report Four

Science and Conservation Report 3

Hatchery removal can be an effective strategy for salmon recovery. Abstract Recent genetic studies, meta-analyses, and retrospective analyses have documented reduced productivity of wild salmon and steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss that interbreed with hatchery-reared fish, raising concerns about the longterm viability and recovery of at-risk stocks. In 2007, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife discontinued a … Continue reading Science and Conservation Report 3

2018 Science and Conservation Report: Issue One

by Bill Bakke, Director of Science and Conservation, The Conservation Angler The last issue of this report led off with an informative article by Kyle Young about hatcheries and wild salmon called Kicking the Habit.  The following is a comment from an advocate for hatchbox releases of salmon fry and Kyle’s response. STOCKING The NSA … Continue reading 2018 Science and Conservation Report: Issue One

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

Conservation and Science Report Issue Three

Oregon Legislature Kills Wildlife Policy Improvement Bill The Oregon Wildlife Policy, ORS 496-012, provides the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife with logical and scientific supported direction for management of fish and wildlife resources in Oregon.  The purpose of this policy is to “prevent the serious depletion of any indigenous species.”  It is the core … Continue reading Conservation and Science Report Issue Three

Wild Pacific Salmon: A Threatened Legacy

by Jim Lichatowich, Rick Williams, Bill Bakke, Jim Myron, David Bella, Bill McMillan, Jack Stanford and David Montgomery Salmon are a part of nature’s trust, which creates a special obligation for the governmental agencies charged with their management. They must act as trustees of the wild salmon and protect them consistent with the long-standing public trust … Continue reading Wild Pacific Salmon: A Threatened Legacy