Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Speak Up For Washington's Wild Steelhead.

How a Steelhead Trout Goes From the Hoh River to the Entree Menu from Seattle Met by Allecia Vermillion.  Link HERE.

 Please take five minutes to read this grossly misleading article about eating steelhead from the Olympic Peninsula and comment as well.  Let's change some misinformed minds together!

One of three derelict fishing nets I saw this week on the Olympic Peninsula, this was on the Hoh River.
Several Key Outraging Points from the Article:

"Putting steelhead on the menu can incite letters, or even protests, from people who fish as a hobby. To sport anglers, the pursuit of the steelhead is the fly-fishing equivalent of pitching a perfect baseball game while simultaneously having a religious experience. In other words, subjecting this rare and beautiful creature to commonplace harvesting and cooking is like carving up a 20-point buck to make venison burgers."

"Washington’s tight management of fish caught in our waters is second only to Alaska."

"Nearly 90 percent of steelhead caught in our waters bear hatchery markings, part of the massive effort to preserve this resource and make sure we still have steelhead 10, 30, or 50 years from now."

 "Like most of the fish Onkst buys, the steelhead is closely monitored by government agencies from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to the National Marine Fisheries Service (and their tribal counterparts). Each fall this group forecasts how many steelhead will return to the rivers from the ocean and how many are needed to spawn at the hatcheries upriver. The surplus is what can be fished, commercially or for sport."

 Thank you Lisa Rice for forwarding me this link and thank you for helping raise public outcry about this article!