October 9, 2020

Northwest Governors Announce Intent to Collaborate on Salmon Recovery Will Another Process Prosper or Peril?

Today, the four northwest governors announced their intent to establish a regional collaborative group of stakeholders and tribal sovereigns to investigate opportunities for comprehensive salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin. This comes one day after the Bonneville Power Administration, Army Corps of Engineers, and Bureau of Reclamation finalizing their multi-year process of developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Columbia River System Operations.
October 6, 2020

Steelheaders Show Overwhelming Support for New Broodstock Program at Clackamas Hatchery

The Clackamas River used to be one of the best places to fish for spring Chinook in the greater Portland area. In recent years, overall fitness of the fish produced at Clackamas Hatchery has reduced. The Steelheaders community is leading the way to support ODFW's recent request to reinvigorate their broodstock program with new wild Chinook.
September 29, 2020

Columbia River Salmon Plan Confined by Outdated Congressional Authorization

The day we’ve been expecting has arrived. The Bonneville Power Administration, Army Corps of Engineers, and Bureau of Reclamation signed their Records of Decision about how they plan to manage the Columbia River Hydrosystem for the next 50 years. The federal agencies cemented their decision to implement a slightly revised version of what was supposed to be a temporary management tool, the flexible spill agreement, despite the fact that all parties involved agreed that it was inadequate for the long term when it was established in 2019.
September 16, 2020

Washington Favors Commercial Gill Nets over Anglers in New Columbia River Salmon Fisheries Policy

In a devastating blow to the Columbia River sportfishing community last Friday, 9/11, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 5-4 to amend their Columbia River salmon fisheries management policy and reinstate gill nets on the lower mainstem Columbia River.
September 10, 2020

Albany Democrat Herald: A failure to save the salmon

Bill Kremers is a charter lifetime member of the Association. Since joining the Steelheaders, he has served in a variety of positions at both the chapter and Association level, including four years as the Association president. On July 30, 2020, the Albany Democrat Herald published an opinion piece from Bill Kremers regarding Representative DeFazios' Moving Forward Act. It is copied below for reference.
September 10, 2020

Oregonian: Willamette fish score a victory

September 9, 2020

Eugene Register-Guard: A failure to save the salmon

In the newest biological opinion, which the court provided an additional five years to be developed, we see another suite of measures that lack the strength to turn around the demise of the salmon and orcas. The agencies have proposed another suite of measures that jeopardize the salmon that are the heart of the promises in the Native American treaties. As the plight of the salmon grows more and more dire, more drastic measures will be required to recover salmon because the delay and obfuscation process has used up much of our lead time. Now, we have to take strong action to recover salmon, including decommissioning the four lower Snake River Dams and increasing spill at the remaining dams on the mainstem Columbia River.
September 8, 2020

An Open Letter to Washington Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Dave Graybill

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Graybill, we ask that you oppose the proposed policy that seeks to cut sport fishing allocationwhile allowing increased non-treaty gillnetting on the mainstem Columbia. Instead, keep fighting for the fish and for the entire recreational angling community.