Wild Steelhead Coalition - Membership Meeting - Wed, May 4 at 6PM

Chris Scoones

Administrator
Staff member
#1
PDF attached with more info.

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Reminder: Spring Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 6:00 PM
Food & drinks will be hosted by WSC.
Graham Visitors Center in the UW Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, 98112

Wild Steelhead need your support now more than ever.
WSC is the only organization devoted solely to the
future of wild steelhead. As an all-volunteer coalition
comprised of individuals like you working together to
protect these magnificent fish, each and every dollar is
spent directly on steelhead recovery efforts.
If you truly love steelhead and are concerned with the
current state of wild fish returns to the rivers of the
Pacific Northwest, join us in our fight to protect this
important resource.

Our Priorities

* Monitor wild steelhead returns and the effectiveness of
government agencies overseeing their management.
* Petition regulatory and legislative bodies to employ
management policies based upon ‘best science’.
* Develop coalitions with other environmental
organizations, maximizing impact.
* Support research that fosters increased knowledge and
understanding of wild steelhead.
* Build public awareness and encourage community
involvement to give wild steelhead a powerful voice.
 
#4
Very good meeting tonight - it was good seeing Charles down here. They are doing some cool studies on the Skagit and I thank WSC for putting this together.

Chris DeLeone
 
#6
Very fascinating presentation! The data regarding the genetics study, as well as the acoustic tagging data was very interesting. Also, the information indicating that the run timing on the Skagit River system appears to be expanding was very exciting. This was definitely worth going to.

Regards,

Andrew
 
#7
Andrew - I agree 100% - I just hope they can open the river for CnR sometime soon. I wish I would have known you were there I would have introduced myself.

Maybe next time
 

Chris Bellows

Your Preferred WFF Poster
#8
it was an interesting presentation. wish i had met a few of you guys (i presume charles was wearing the red sox shirt and hat.)

the two things that stick with me today are the bull trout deal and the diet of hatchery smolts.

it was fascinating and blew away some common assumptions that big bull trout will actively dig through gravel to get at eggs and alevins.

as for the diet of hatchery steelhead smolts, i was curious if wdfw has a waiver from noaa since these fish directly impact listed chinook. if a waiver is required for a c&r fishery, there should be one for planting non-native fish that eat a listed species.

the genetic stuff was pretty similar to what i've seen in other parts of the state. areas that are accesible to anadramous fish have fish that are genetically very similar (probably due to straying) and the very unique populations tend to be isolated resident populations above barriers.

cool stuff and worth the drive.

chris
 

Ringlee

Doesn't care how you fish Moderator
#9
Excellent presentation on the Skagit!

I found it interesting that 2 of 3 fish tagged on the same day all spawned within a few miles of each other and the time differences it took each fish to migrate upstream. When a Steelhead wants to move, it hauls ass! Especially the kelts moving back out to sea.

The data on Hatchery Steelhead Smolt diet was disturbing regarding Chinook recovery and yet another reason hatchery fish need to go... Some good questions to ask about a waiver for the hatchery fish as Chris mentions.
 

Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
#10
Yes, that was me. 2 thoughts.

1.) I was there early by an hour. It is quite difficult to find a watering hole in that neck of the woods. The Sox were on ESPN. It took quite a while to find a bar and TV. The Manny's is fresher down there though.

2.) While I am sure the topic is important, I am far more interested in how the radio recievers in the Puget sound can be used to monitor where and when the smolts are dying in the sound. This could lead to why. The fact that the hatchery fish are there twice as long as the wild fish and are doing even worse has to lead us somewhere. I am in the process of digesting all the stuff. Is there anywhere we can get a copy of the power point?

Go Red Sox,
cds
 
#11
The fact that the hatchery fish are there twice as long as the wild fish and are doing even worse has to lead us somewhere.cds
I found that interesting as well. Do you suppose that if might possibly have something to do with the length of time that hatchery smolts take to reach the ocean when compared to wild steelhead smolts? That is, hatchery steelhead smolts spending more time in both the Skagit river and the Puget Sound when compared to out migrating wild steelhead smolts. I am just speculating of course. Like you, I am still digesting all this information.
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#12
I am far more interested in how the radio recievers in the Puget sound can be used to monitor where and when the smolts are dying in the sound.

Go Red Sox,
cds
Did they say which way they went once in the sound? I was alway under the impression that most of the Skagit's wild steelhead made a right turn after they leave the river and head up the Strait of Georgia. The WDFW gal thats in charge up here said they weren't seeing any make it to Neah Bay. Which way do they go?
 
#13
Great presentation..I wonder if they record river flows and water temps. as the upstream migrants pass the sonic receivers. That might provide more info about movement differences between individuals fish.
 

Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
#15
Did they say which way they went once in the sound? I was alway under the impression that most of the Skagit's wild steelhead made a right turn after they leave the river and head up the Strait of Georgia. The WDFW gal thats in charge up here said they weren't seeing any make it to Neah Bay. Which way do they go?
I think that we'll find out more about this soon. They radio tagged smolts but have not gathered all of the saltwater info yet because they don't own the recievers. They will be getting this information.

Go Sox,
cds