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

Conservation and Science Report Issue Two

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

Selected Notes from the study Selecting Against Late Maturing Salmonids

Selected Notes from the study Kusche_et_al-2017 Selecting against late maturing salmonids that may be important for conservation and recovery of Pacific salmon and steelhead.  This is an issue that needs to be included in review comments on U.S. v OR DEIS. Selecting Against Late Maturing Salmonids Kusche, Henrik, Guillaume Côté, Cécilia Hernandez, Eric Normandeau, Damien Boivin-Delisle, … Continue reading Selected Notes from the study Selecting Against Late Maturing Salmonids

Conservation and Science Report

Biodiversity is an important concept in salmon management relating to genetic and ecological variation of a species, but it is difficult to visualize. The chinook in this picture represents a distinct population in the Columbia River that no longer exists.  The habitat and the animal no longer exist.  It cannot be replaced.  It is gone. … Continue reading Conservation and Science Report