Great News for Wild Steelhead!!!

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Jay Allyn, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!

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    Two years is not a very long time in the life history of a species that has evolved over hundreds of millions of years. But for us humans, that's a decent chunk of the clock. Let's take a few moments of time now to thank the Washington Dept. Of Fish and Wildlife Commissioners for their courage in moving forward to protect these fish. Emails are not very noticeable. Go get a nice card and write a real personal thank you note and send it to the WDFW Commissioners, at their office in Olympia. Address info is in the regulations pamphlets. It's the least we can do. And don't forget that the work is not done.

    Pete Van, if your listening; a heartfelt thanks for all you have done. Happy Birthday! And many happy years to come for you.
     
  2. JRSly

    JRSly Oncorhynchus clarki clarki

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    Thanks for the news. It is great to here. But like some one else mentioned two years isn't really much time, so over these two years lets try to get it to stay. That is really good news, that is all I can say about it.

    I also loved hearing the news about the handling of fish that are going to be released. I think that is something they should have done a long time ago. I think with this people will learn to handle fish right, and that means not handling them at all. Many people I have seen on the river have good intentions of catching and releasing, and they do, but by the time they get the fish back in the water the fish doesn't have much of a chance, so I think this is great, it will help to inform people how to actually release a fish with little as harm.

    There is something I didn't like to here in your post. Why did you have to put the part in about the Cedar? You don't have to tell everyone where to fish. Oh I am just playing, but I can't wait, I love that river, I grew up right by it (I am in Bellingham going to Western right now), and I think it is the most beautiful river I have ever seen, you just have to know where. It is a great place. Summer time will be great, no school and the Cedar a walk away.

    Well thanks again for the good news.
    JRSly
     
  3. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

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    The stars must have aligned for this one.

    We now have mandatory statewide wild steelhead release and also a way through "Streamwatch at Eyes in the Woods" to help with enforcement. If you are serious about your love for the resource, now is the time to commit. So far these discussions on this and other boards amount to "preaching to the choir." The release of wild steelhead needs to forced onto the masses. It doesn't do us any good to pass laws without the means to enforce them. So get with your fishing clubs (I know I will with my club) and learn to report and prosecute poachers. If you don't belong to an organized club, I'm sure Eyes in Woods would accept this group as an organization.

    We won, now let's make sure it works.

    Leland.
     
  4. Nooksack Mac

    Nooksack Mac Active Member

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    And let's remember to give his due to Chairman Will Roehl, one of the great conservation minds of the 19th Century.}(
     
  5. Teeg Stouffer

    Teeg Stouffer Fish Recycler

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    Bob - I guarantee the meeting in Port Townsend had effect. It's all those drops in the bucket, including e-mails, phone calls, one-on-one interactions with commissioners and WDFW staff, internet campaigns - after time, they do what they're supposed to do, and they've done it. I'm grateful to you and all of those like you who have put in your time and energies, rather than standing idly by or throwing up your hands.

    I got a very discouraging e-mail from WDFW last week suggesting that nothing would be done about this issue, so this news comes as a very happy surprise!

    Other great news in that e-mail too, keeping wild fish in the water to release (I'll miss the grip-and-grin a little, but happy to miss it!) lower sturgeon retention - lots of other tighter regs in this round of changes - sweet! :thumb

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  6. Mike Etgen

    Mike Etgen Not Quite A Luddite, But Can See One From Here

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    New River Mike

    I absolutely agree the Port Townsend attendees made a difference - the group from the Wild Steelhead Coalition in particular was organized, articulate, objective, and kept the topic to science.
    IMHO, If anyone made the difference, it was that group, and then the follow-up correspondence, etc., that kept
    the pressure on.
    Congrats to all who made an effort!

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  7. Steve Buckner

    Steve Buckner Mother Nature's Son

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  8. pilchuck steelie

    pilchuck steelie New Member

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    great news, thanks for the heads up.
     
  9. need2fish

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    Very Cool! Does this mean we get to continue to share the catch with they Native American Nets? We keep 50% of nothing and they can have the other 50% of nothing?!?!



    Andrew:dunno
     
  10. BOBLAWLESS

    BOBLAWLESS New Member

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    Lot of heavy sarcasm around here.

    On Chairman Will Roehl in case anyone took the comment about him being a great conservation mind, he voted AGAINST the motion for a moratorium. He's one of those micro-mangers who have just killed us in the last few years. I smoozed with him at Port Towsend during intermission and when it was time to go back to the hearings, I had this sinking feeling in my stomach that not only had I wasted my time smoosing, I might just as well throw my speech in the can.

    On the Natives (I have decided to always call them Natives from now on as it was a mistake based on ignorance that got them the name Indians in the first place and it should be corrected), what this does mean is that of those wild fish that do escape the nets, the sportsman will allow more of them to reach the spawning grounds.

    But I do think that it would not be unreasonable to ask the Natives to increase the number of days that they do not fish the nets as a sort of quid pro quo. Does anyone ever write the Native chiefs or websites?

    Bob, the Tickled Pink by all this :7 :thumb
     
  11. bugnuts

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    The contest now is: who will bring more pressure to bear on the WDFW between now and the end of this "moratorium"? That will determine if it ever becomes permanent, and sportfishers are historically weak when it comes to organizational influence. I apologize for being born a cynic, but my gut feeling is that sportfishers are being set up once again.