We are very proud to announce that the results of our 2017 research have been peer-reviewed and published as the feature story in the journal of Fisheries! Authored by Wild Fish Conservancy’s own Adrian Tuohy, “Survival of Salmonids from an Experimental Commercial Fish Trap” shares the results of this monumental effort with the scientific community. We can’t thank our partners, staff, members, and funders enough for their continued support on this critical issue. Selective fishing is key to restoring our wild salmon populations, and this publication is an enormous step forward to communicating this successful research.
For more information on selective harvest issues and the need for a fundamental shift to place-based fisheries, please check out the article, “The Failure of Wild Salmon Management: Need for a Place-Based Conceptual Foundation”.
This paper, also published in the journal of Fisheries in March of 2018, was authored by a collection of accomplished fisheries scientists from the United States and Canada, including WFC’s own senior fisheries biologist, Dr. Nick Gayeski.
This research clearly caught the attention of fisheries managers and biologists alike, as it was recently awarded special recognition from the publication for being one of the top downloaded articles of the year.
Together, this award and our newly published research demonstrate the momentum building in the scientific community for a complete conceptual change to how wild salmon are managed. This transition includes shifting away from century-old fisheries management that has failed to rebuild, or sustainably manage, depressed wild salmon all over the world, and toward a place-based, evidence-driven approach that takes into account the ecological needs of wild salmon.
This project received funding under award NA17NMF4720255 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service, in cooperation with the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP). The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations of this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA Fisheries.