600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
June 05, 1997
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256
June 10 public meeting to focus on conserving wild steelhead in Columbia River tributaries
WOODLAND -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will
discuss strategies to rebuild declining wild summer steelhead
runs in lower Columbia River tributaries at a public meeting at
7 p.m. Tuesday at Woodland Middle School, 755 Park St.
The focus of the meeting will be finding ways to reduce the
number of hatchery steelhead that spawn with wild fish in those
tributaries. The department is particularly concerned about the
level of hatchery-wild steelhead spawning in the upper Kalama,
Lewis (east fork), Washougal (north fork) and Wind rivers. The
genetic diversity and long-term productivity of wild steelhead
can be compromised when they mate with hatchery fish.
The department also is seeking ideas for short- and long-term
conservation measures that would rebuild wild steelhead runs.
The department's draft Wild Salmonid Policy contains five
proposed alternatives that are designed to rebuild wild
steelhead and salmon runs throughout Washington.