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: WSC Sponsors Steelhead Summit

12-05-2002, 11:28 PM

November 29, 2002

Officials of about 30 recreational fishing and conservation organizations met November 23 in Seattle and agreed to continue to work together for the preservation of steelhead.
They formed committees to focus on hatcheries, habitat, harvest, the Endangered Species Act, education, enforcement, research and Atlantic salmon net pens. The committees are to produce short position papers for distribution to the 70 attendees by mid-February. Attendees came from Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
The attendees voted unanimously to meet again in May for what the sponsoring Wild Steelhead Coalition called Steelhead Summit 2. The nine-hour meeting was at the Waterfront Activities Center at the University of Washington.
Goals of the meeting were to form a powerful political voice for positive changes in the status of steelhead, develop an action plan to solve problems negatively affecting steelhead, develop strategies to require the use of modern science in fisheries management decisions, promote more strict angling rules and regulations and to take political action to bring about these changes.
Groups taking part included Federation of Fly Fishers Steelhead Committee, Washington Trout, Trout Unlimited, Washington Fly Fishing Club, American Rivers, Native Fish Society, Northwest Women Fly Fishers, Steelhead Society of British Columbia, British Columbia Federation of Drift Fishers, Puget Sound Anglers, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, Isaak Walton League, North Umpqua Foundation and Steamboaters, plus numerous individual clubs representing specific geographic areas.
For further information contact Jack Berryman, president of the Wild Steelhead Coalition, at 425-821-1774. The coalition’s mailing address is 218 Main St., #264, Kirkland, WA 98033.

12-05-2002, 11:58 PM

This is indeed good news. It is very nice to see sportsfishers of all types getting together to work for the resource. Good work,

12-06-2002, 07:51 AM
Together we stand...

History in the making, really. All steelheaders should raise a toast to the efforts of all those who participated in this summit and we should all be inspired to do our individual parts to help reinforce this union in what we do and say.

The anadromous salmonid is a treasure that deserves no less from all of society and we are only a small fraction as it stands today. These efforts go a long way to creating a sense of quorum among us at a time of urgency.

Thank you!