Hatcheries and the Decline of Skagit River Wild Steelhead

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Wild Steelhead Coalition, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Come join us in Seattle for the annual WSC Membership Meeting and BBQ with a presentation by Seattle City Light Fisheries Biologist Dave Pflug, who will be presenting the key findings from a study that researched the effects of hatchery steelhead production on wild steelhead populations within the Skagit River Basin.

    We'll have free food and booze, some raffle items, and new WSC merchandise for sale.

    Wild Steelhead Coalition Membership Meeting and BBQ
    July 31, 2013, 6 PM
    Graham Visitor Center, University of Washington Arboretum
    2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112

    More info: http://wildsteelheadcoalition.org/2013/07/2013-membership-meeting/

    In 2008 the Skagit River System Cooperative (SRSC) was awarded a grant to research
    the effects of hatchery steelhead production on wild steelhead populations within the
    Skagit River Basin. The study team also involved fisheries biologists from Seattle City Light.

    The study objectives included:
    • Genetic study tasks related to interbreeding of hatchery and wild steelhead stocks in the Skagit River basin
    • Behavioral study tasks related to hatchery steelhead smolt predation rates on wild steelhead fry, habitat interaction, outmigration behavior patterns, and habitat use overlaps between hatchery and wild steelhead within the Skagit River basin
    • Statistical analysis tasks using existing steelhead population dynamics data related to whether differences exist in wild steelhead survival rate trends between watersheds with varying degrees of hatchery steelhead influence

    Dave Pflug, Senior Fisheries Biologist with Seattle City Light will be presenting.

    Let us know if you have any questions and if you plan on attending!



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  2. I've only seen the presentation 3 times, but being a slow learner, I think I'm up for a third try.

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  3. We'd love to have you, Steve (and you might be right, but you'll have to work on the counting skills in some other venue).

    Plus, you can't beat the free food and booze with a bunch of like-minded guys and gals...
  4. How long will it go for? Any use in showing up late?

    I'll be working until 7 unfortunately. :(
  5. If Im not a member can I donate to the WSC and see the presentation?

  6. absolutely!
  7. Yeah...the presentation probably won't get started until 7ish...food, drinks, merriment beforehand.

    Hopefully you can make it, Jason.
  8. Checking on that, Chris. Stay tuned...
  9. Looking forward to seeing many old and new friends.
  10. Hey guys...

    Just a reminder about tonight's presentation by Dave Pflug about hatcheries and the decline of Skagit River wild steelhead.
    We'll be selling (making their debut) our new WSC t-shirts, too. And we will be posting the presentation afterward on our website.

    We look forward to seeing some of you there!

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  11. Those are great shirts. I'm going to be a little late, but look forward to catching what I can.
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  12. The presentation was really interesting! Got there a bit late and had to take off right when we let out, so I didn't really get to meet anyone. But, it was cool to see some familiar faces and learn a little about the history of hatchery fish on the Skagit. I especially enjoyed Curt's forays into the presentation here and there--was obvious to see how deeply he cares about that river.

    I haven't been to many of these kinds of events in the past, but I'm hoping to have the chance to see more of them in the future.

    Thanks WSC for putting it together.


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