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WFC Study Should Help with Puget Sound Steelhead Recovery Goals

Historical abundance of Puget Sound steelhead article published in Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

A recent study by WFC scientists Nick Gayeski and Bill McMillan, along with consulting fishery biologist Pat Trotter, looks at the historical abundance of Puget Sound winter steelhead from 1895, the year in which the peak commercial catch of steelhead occurred, and compares these data to more recent numbers. Their results show that current abundance is likely only 1%–4% of what it was prior to the turn of the 20th century and that loss of habitat alone does not explain these dramatic reductions. Other factors such as harvest seem to play a major role in the overall loss of wild fish abundance throughout the region. WFC's Harvest Reform Campaign is taking a close look at the impacts of harvest and developing ways to promote sustainable fisheries management. 

Read the paper published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Volume 68, Number 2, February 2011) -

Historical abundance of Puget Sound steelhead, Oncorhynchus mykiss, estimated from catch record data - N. Gayeski, B. McMillan, and P. Trotter

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