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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
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Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Type of Rule Change Proposal
County or Location Information
Allow retention of hatchery steelhead from Summers Creek upstream to Kalama Falls.
ExplanationOriginal Rule Proposal Number(s)
Hatchery (ad-clipped)steelhead are volitionally passed over (lower) Kalama Falls and are reaching upstream spawning areas. This rule will reduce the numbers of hatchery fish that may spawn naturally and negatively impact wild steelhead.
LAROCCO, MICHAEL October 23, 2012
While I think this is a good idea to protect the natural breeding stock, I question the ability to enforce retention of wild steelhead once this is done. Currently, with the no harvest rule, anybody retaining a steelhead would be in violation of the law. Does WDFW have enough resources to ensure that the fish being harvested under the proposal are hatchery fish or have you opened up the possibility for the illegal retention of wild fish?
CARR, RANDLE T January 22, 2013
Hatchery steelhead should be retained when they have the opportunity to spawn with native steelhead in the wild. No brainer.
SIMMS, RICH K January 29, 2013
MUKILTEO , WA