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Children’s Fishing Programs: The Future of Angling

By Debbie Kay

On Saturday, April 23, the Hatchery in Bremerton, Washington along Gorst Creek will host their 68th annual kids fishing day.  Rainbow trout donated by WDFW will be placed in the hatchery rearing ponds, and loaner gear will be available for any children who need it, along with complimentary fish cleaning and bagging.  The free event, intended to get kids interested in fishing, is a combined effort between the city of Bremerton, Washington’s Fish and Wildlife and the Suquamish Tribe, who manages the Gorst hatchery.

For years the Bremerton kids day was one of a kind, or at least had very few peers of its size.  But recently, towns and states across the country are following suit. Continue reading Children’s Fishing Programs: The Future of Angling

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Historic Agreement to Tear Down Klamath River Dams

Four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River will be torn down, making way for improved fishing and restoration of the region’s legendary salmon runs

By Robert Deen

Sport fishing advocates, environmentalists and Native American tribes celebrated the historic and unexpected announcement of an unprecedented dam removal project on the Klamath River.  The Klamath, first dammed 115 years ago, runs from the high desert of eastern Oregon to the Northern California coast.  The salmon run was once one of the largest on the west coast, has been anemic for years, but with the dams gone salmon will be able to reach their favored spawning grounds for the first time in nearly a century.  While a full recovery would take years, hopes are high that we’ll eventually see a salmon run like there hasn’t been in decades. Continue reading Historic Agreement to Tear Down Klamath River Dams

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Canadian Gold Rush Threatens Alaska Fisheries

Critics Say Those Threatened by New Mines Have No Say in Their Regulation, Putting People and Ecosystems in Danger

By Robert Deen

A modern-day Gold Rush in British Columbia – driven by weakened environmental regulations and a massive new power line – is creating one of the world’s largest mining districts.  While many have benefited, US opponents claim the boom jeopardizes Southeast Alaska’s salmon, rivers, fishing and tourism jobs, and that Americans have no say in the matter. Continue reading Canadian Gold Rush Threatens Alaska Fisheries

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The Biggest Victim at the Oregon Malheur Standoff?

Scientists Say Effort to Control Invasive Carp Could Be Set Back Several Years

By Debbie Kay,

No matter what your thoughts on the standoff that happened at the Oregon Malheur Reserve, the invasive carp program was one of the few things everyone could get behind.  A program that was designed to eliminate the carp and employ fishermen and local businesses at the same time has been set back at least three years due to the altercation.  Now, scientists struggle to catch up, having missed the chance to control an important breeding season on the preserve. Continue reading The Biggest Victim at the Oregon Malheur Standoff?

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Dismal Returns & Tough Choices for Hatchery-marked Coho

Low Coho Numbers Force Compromises Choices for Fisheries Managers in the North Pacific

By Debbie Kay

From British Columbia to Northern California, state, federal, provincial and tribal fisheries managers are considering the fate of the ocean-run summer salmon fisheries this year.  The main topic on the table?  This year’s dismal return rate for coho salmon.  In Puget Sound, the count was just 300,000 individuals out of more than a million that had been expected.  For next year the estimate is only about half-a-million, using the same counting methods as before hatchery-marked coho.  The Pacific Coast states and provinces to the North and South didn’t fare any better, though Columbia River Chinook levels were at a record high.  Because of these severe drops in the population, there’s been a lot of push for a summer with no sea-run salmon fishing.  This initially got a lot of push-back, but has been accepted as one of the three management options on the table for the Pacific Fishery Management Council to choose from in April.  Let’s take a look at the three programs on the table: Continue reading Dismal Returns & Tough Choices for Hatchery-marked Coho

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