New River Mike Some time ago, another member encouraged us to contact one or more of our senators in regards to the harvest of wild steelhead on the Queets. I wrote Sen. Maria Cantwell, and eventually got an email in reply, advising me I should hear something soon from someone in charge. Sure enough, while I was in Pa., a letter arrived on Department of Interior letterhead, from Jonathan Jarvis, Regional Director, Pacific West Region. Here's the body of the letter: "Thank you for your inquiry of February 17, 2004, to Senator Maria Cantwell regarding steelhead fishing regulations in the Queets River of Olympic National Park, Washington. The Senator has referred your letter to this office for reply. Your letter expressed concern that existing recreational fishing regulations allow for harvest of native steelhead in the Queets River. Current regulations do allow for retention of one wild steelhead per day March 1 through April 15, 2004. In order to provide adequate notice to fishermen, Olympic National Park will implement catch and release of all wild steelhead in the park beginning with the regulations that will take effect on May 1, 2004. This is consistent with the moratorium on wild steelhead retention to be implemented in all state waters beginning on May 1. The new regulation in Olympic National Park that will require release of wild steelhead in the Queets River is supported by many individuals as reflected in recent emails and calls to the park. The change in regulations in the Queets is based on conservation concerns related to low spawning escapements and declining run sizes of wild steelhead in the Queets River in recent years. The change is in direct accordance with National Park Service fisheries management policies and also conforms to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's recent announcement of a two-year moratorium on wild steelhead retention throughout the State beginning May 1,2004. Biologists from Olympic National Park continue to work closely with technical staff from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on steelhead management issues. Quality fishing through catch-and-release of all wild fish is encouraged by National Park Service policies, and has been implemented in all recreational fisheries within Olympic National Park with few exceptions."