Public Meeting on Thermal Angling Sanctuaries Wednesday March 25 @5:30 PM PST ODFW will hold a virtual public meeting to present proposed protective regulations governing cold water refugia sites along the Columbia including Eagle Creek, Herman Creek and the Deschutes River confluence and hear from the interested public (that is you!) When: Wednesday March 25 … Continue reading Stand up for Cold Water Refugia and Wild Steelhead Conservation
Conservation Angler advocates for wild steelhead protection in cold water refugia.
2019 has been a tough year for the wild steelhead and salmon that we love. The Conservation Angler’s mix of policy analysis and aggressive advocacy based on the best available science held ground in many cases, but true “victories” for wild fish were difficult to come by. Please read our assessment of our accomplishments and … Continue reading 2019 End-of-Year Report on Wild Fish Conservation Activities
A signal that could lead the shift away from marine-based fish farming.
It is time for anglers to renew their faith in nature and in wild fish - time to put in some effort to benefit wild fish.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee formed the Orca Task Force in early 2018 as it became clear that the Southern Resident Killer Whale pod of Orcas whose home waters includes marine areas from the Columbia River to the Fraser River in British Columbia are starving because their main food source, chinook salmon, have declined to levels … Continue reading Help Save Orcas! Urgent Action Needed
On October 9, 2018, The Conservation Angler and four other conservation groups sent notice to Idaho officials of our intent to file an ESA Take lawsuit to protect wild Snake River Steelhead. TCA along with Wild Fish Conservancy, Friends of the Clearwater, Snake River Waterkeeper and Idaho Rivers United sent notice to Idaho Governor Butch … Continue reading Wild Fish Conservation Organizations Intend to Sue Idaho for Unauthorized Steelhead Fishing
In what may be a precedent-setting action on August 24th, Oregon and Washington "closed the Columbia to steelhead fishing" (their words) as the initially optimistic 2018 forecast for upriver summer steelhead of 182,400 summer steelhead was revised sharply down to 110,300 fish (a 40% reduction in the forecast), reduced again on August 28 to 96,500 … Continue reading 2018 Columbia River Summer – Fall Migration Update: September 30, 2018
The family Salmonidae has a long history. It may go back 100 million years. Forty million years ago the earliest confirmed Salmonidae, a fish resembling a modern grayling, left its bones in lake sediments in British Columbia. Fifteen million years ago a six-foot stream-dwelling salmon with large curved breeding teeth known as the sabre tooth … Continue reading Wild Pacific Salmon: A Threatened Legacy
On August 3, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission directed the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department (ODFW) to implementing protective angling regulations that provided a migratory sanctuary for wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and in the lower mile of the Deschutes River. The Deschutes River plume creates a cold water refuge for … Continue reading Columbia River 2018 Wild Steelhead Migration Update