Category Archives: Conservation

Coho Conservation Tips

Love Coho? Then Support Wetlands

The presence of all of the salmon species, as well as steelhead, on the threatened species list is no surprise anymore to anyone. Everyone has their favorite theories as to why this has happened. Streamside development. Pollution. Hatcheries. Dams. Global Warming. However, one of the most positive things that has happened in terms of salmon restoration projects is the large increase in coho in areas who invest in restoring their streamside wet meadows and stream-adjacent wetland areas. Why is this important? Wetlands are a part of the early life cycle of juvenile coho during their first overwintering period. Studies have shown that areas with these wetlands have a much higher return rate in coho populations than those areas where they have been drained or logged. Continue reading Coho Conservation Tips

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Halibut Size Limits

The Case for Halibut Size Limits

Pacific Halibut Sport Fishing in Alaska has wacky rules and a few current issues including Halibut size limits.

As halibut is an important sport and commercial fish in both the US and Canada, the management of this species has been taken from the states and the feds and given to the International Pacific Halibut Commission.  Continue reading Halibut Size Limits

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Vote on Pacific Forage Fish Management Days Away

New Regulations On Forage Fish Will Impact Salmon, Steelhead, and Tuna Down the Line

The future of Pacific salmon could be decided Monday, when the Pacific Fisheries Management Council votes on new regulations affecting forage fisheries management. The regulations would affect US waters off the coast of Oregon, California, and Washington. Continue reading Vote on Pacific Forage Fish Management Days Away

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Pebble Mine Controversy

 

Pebble Mine:  The Bristol Bay Money Debate

When it comes to many mining situations, the sides quickly become apparent.  One side is for the environment, and against the potential profits.  The other side is for the profit, and taking the mitigated risk to the environment.  It often becomes a businessman and working man vs. activist dynamic, and can be very polarizing to different political and world views.  Continue reading Pebble Mine Controversy

Dams vs. Salmon

Dams vs. Salmon:  An Ongoing Debate

Dams vs. Salmon, in 2012, the Elwha River Dam on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State was demolished, rekindling a debate that has been brewing for some time between dams and salmon.

Dams vs. Salmon
Elway River photo courtesy of NOAA

The lines, however, are not as clearly drawn as you would suspect.  Though no one disagrees that derelict dams constitute fish barriers that lower salmon populations, local tribes, government officials and environmentalists alike can see the good in functional dams with properly installed fish ladders.   From a fishing standpoint, Continue reading Dams vs. Salmon

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