Time is running out to save Puget Sound steelheadFebruary 18, 2016
We’ve lost over 97 percent of Puget Sound’s once abundant wild steelhead. This week, led by Wild Fish Conservancy, five conservation groups filed suit against the federal government for failing to develop and implement a steelhead recovery plan.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (the federal agency charged with overseeing the recovery of steelhead) listed wild Puget Sound steelhead as threatened in 2007. Since then, state and federal agencies have been slow to act, and wild Puget Sound steelhead have continued to slide toward extinction. The Endangered Species Act requires the National Marine Fisheries Service to develop and implement “a road map for recovery.”
Endangered Species Act guidance states that the Steelhead Recovery Plan should have been completed within 2.5 years of the 2007 listing. Nine years later, we’re told it will be another four years before the plan is completed. Without a plan, state, tribal and federal agencies are flying blind. They are lacking a coordinated strategy or even clear wild steelhead recovery goals, let alone the means to achieve them. In the meantime, the wild steelhead decline continues.
Check out The Seattle Times Op-Ed, Time is running out to save Puget Sound steelhead, from WFC Director of Science and Research, Jamie Glasgow.
- Time is running out to save Puget Sound steelhead, Jamie Glasgow, The Seattle Times February 17, 2016