If they can take such sweeping action applying to recreation, wouldn't it make sense to address commercial exploitation of the river too? I'm talking agricultural diversions. I could see why it might be tough to stop all diversions (don't want to totally mess up people's livelihood) but maybe they could take a close look at where, when, and for what purpose diversions are occurring and make some cuts. Seems the fish could use every little bit of help we could give them at this point.
Good link and update info. Tough situation for the local economy for sure. Here's hoping for a quick recovery.
This already IS a BIG deal, and the FWP's action to totally close down the Yellowstone and its tributaries is unprecedented in Montana's history.
I reckon this applies to steeline; who'd a thunk that it's far better to just kill fish outright:steeline Aug 20, 2016 8:23am
50 years ago we never had theses problems with diseases in our state water. We never had as many people catching and touruing fish for fun either. Water degradation from agriculture, human development along water ways and increased handling of fish by human hands have been on the rise in Montana. Introduction of microbes by humans is the problem. In order to fund fish recovery there must be a Catch and Release surcharge on every person's fishing license that releases fish after they catch them. No need to attach a surcharge on fishing licenses for consumptive fishing.