A win for Elwha Steelhead this year

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Ringlee, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. Ringlee Doesn't care how you fish Moderator

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    http://wildsteelheadcoalition.org/2012/02/agreement-protects-wild-elwha-steelhead-from-hatchery-release/

    http://wildfishconservancy.org/about/press-room/press-releases/interim-agreement-protects-wild-elwha-steelhead-from-hatchery-release

    Interim Agreement Protects Wild Elwha Steelhead From Hatchery Release
    Non-native hatchery steelhead will not be released into the Elwha River and its tributaries this year, say four conservation groups that earlier this month filed suit against federal agencies and officials of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (in their official capacities) for releases of hatchery fish into the Elwha. The groups announced today that they have reached an agreement with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (LEKT), where the four groups agreed not to seek a preliminary injunction against the LEKT’s release of hatchery-raised “Chambers Creek” steelhead, and the LEKT agreed not to release those fish this year. Normally, the fish would have likely been released sometime in April.
  2. Tool Fly Member

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    That is outstanding news! Just curious, what happens to all those steelhead smolts ready to be dumped into a river? Do they go contaminate the genetics of another river? Fish meal? The sooner they get out of that hatchery so no "accidental releases" can happen, the happier I will be!
  3. Ringlee Doesn't care how you fish Moderator

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    Not sure what the plan is to do with the smolt at this time.
  4. JS Active Member

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    Good news, for sure. Hopefully they get the picture and drop the issue all together.
  5. Jason Decker Active Member

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    duplicate post in the main forum
  6. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Here is to hoping those smolts get put in a sterile river void of wild runs and not "accidentally spilled" in April.
  7. KerryS Ignored Member

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    Any bets?
  8. jeff27 GUN SLINGER

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    fuck it! put those smolts in my lake!!! lets see what happens!
  9. Loren E Member

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    Thanks Chris and the rest of the crew at the WSC for your hard work on this!!
  10. gt Active Member

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    and to think, a few folks on this BB took the position that the treaty tribes were untouchable. great work by our very own LOCAL conservation groups.
  11. Richard Torres Active Member

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    A positive step in the right direction.

    Next is to convince them not to plant them in the future...
  12. Nooksack Mac Active Member

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    It's better than nothing. But it bothers me because it fits a classic political dynamic. When politicians get outraged pushback against their announced agenda, they rarely announce that they're sorry, it was a terrible idea, what were they thinking?, and they'll never mention it again. Instead, they announce a postponement, which reduces the counterpressure. Then they bide their time a while, before going ahead with their agenda.
  13. gt Active Member

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    the law suit has not been withdrawn, it is still hanging out there.
  14. Tejano Member

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    Is there some category similar to a Wild and Scenic River status that would also include no non indigenous fish stocking? Needs to be made permanent.
  15. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    the state could designate it a wild steelhead management area, or gene bank, but I don't see that happening. But then again, I didn't think the LEK would back off from the chambers creek plants either.