Sunday, April 17, 2011

We've Moved! Check us out at the new Site

Thank you to all who have checked us out here on Blogger! In an attempt to become more unique, we have moved over to a WordPress Theme, which should offer us a few more options.

This will be the last post here on the Blogger Site! So please start checking us out on the new site.

Thanks Again!


Friday, April 15, 2011

WDFW and Salmon Fisheries Update

Washington's salmon fisheries set for 2011

SAN MATEO, Calif. - State and tribal co-managers today agreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations, while providing a variety of fishing opportunities on abundant stocks.

Washington's 2011 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty Indian co-managers, were finalized today during the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (PFMC) meeting in San Mateo, Calif. The fishing package defines regulations for salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Washington's ocean and coastal areas and the Columbia River.

"Salmon fisheries developed for this year meet conservation objectives for wild salmon while providing meaningful fishing opportunities throughout Washington's waters," said Phil Anderson, director of WDFW. "Developing these fisheries wouldn't be possible without strong cooperation between the state, the tribes and our constituents."

While state and tribal fishers will have a variety of salmon-fishing opportunities this year, many fisheries will be constrained to protect wild salmon listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

"Conservative fisheries must go hand-in-hand with habitat restoration and protection so that we can continue toward our goal of salmon recovery," said Lorraine Loomis, fisheries manager for the Swinomish Tribe. "State and tribal cooperation is the key to addressing one of the most pressing needs of salmon - more high quality spawning and rearing habitat."

As in past years, recreational salmon fisheries in 2011 will vary by area:

* Puget Sound: Anglers will have an opportunity to take advantage of an abundant return of pink salmon this year. Nearly 6 million pink salmon are expected to return to Puget Sound, where "bonus" bag limits for pink salmon will be established in marine areas 5 through 11.The majority of pink salmon - the smallest of the Pacific salmon species - return to Washington's waters in odd-numbered years.

Most chinook and coho fisheries will be similar to last year's seasons. However, the sport fishery for chinook in inner Elliott Bay will be closed to protect Green River naturally spawning chinook, which are expected to return in low numbers this year. Also, salmon fisheries on the Skokomish River have not yet been settled and state and tribal co-managers plan to continue negotiations over the next several weeks.

* Washington's ocean waters: Despite an expected increase in chinook abundance, the PFMC today adopted a chinook catch quota of 33,700 for the recreational ocean fishery, 27,300 less than last year's quota. The lower chinook quota is necessary to further protect wild salmon stocks and meet conservation goals, said Anderson, who represents WDFW on the management council.

"The chinook quota is down from last year, but the number of fish available for this summer's ocean fishery should still provide good fishing opportunities for anglers," Anderson said.

The PFMC also adopted a quota of 67,200 coho for this year's recreational ocean fishery, the same number as last year's quota.

This year's ocean fishery will begin June 18 with a mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook in all ocean areas. The fishery will run seven days a week, with a daily limit of two salmon, through June 25 or until 4,800 hatchery chinook are retained.

Recreational ocean salmon fisheries for chinook and hatchery coho will continue June 26 in marine areas 1, 2, 3 and 4. Anglers fishing those marine areas will be allowed to retain one chinook as part of a two-salmon daily limit. Anglers also are allowed one additional pink salmon each day in marine areas 3 and 4.

* Columbia River: The Buoy 10 fishery will be open for chinook and hatchery coho Aug. 1-28. Anglers will have a two-salmon daily limit, only one of which may be a chinook. From Aug. 29 through Dec. 31, anglers will have a daily limit of two hatchery coho, but must release chinook.

The mainstem Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open for chinook and hatchery coho Aug. 1 through Dec. 31. Anglers will be allowed to retain one adult chinook as part of their two-fish daily bag limit through Sept. 9. Beginning Sept. 10, chinook retention will only be allowed upstream of the Lewis River, but up to two adult chinook may be retained.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Corps Spill Program to Help Salmon and Steelface

As the government attempts to help our wild fish stock (which I assume also includes many hatchery fish) one wonders how much, if any these attempts truly help the fish.

Not having to toil with the turbines of the enormous powerhouse dams, has to give the fish a much needed break! A break from the dams at least, they still have to deal with the rest of the hazards of a migrating fish.

Read the full story here........ Story

Here' a little from

Monday, April 4, 2011


Check out these trailers, I bet this will be a badass show. April 14th in PDX.

Two EPIC stories about about the greatest Salmon rivers on Earth. Don't miss it... I'll be there!

Eastern Rises-teaser

Eastern Rises | teaser from felt soul media on Vimeo.

The Greatest Migration-Teaser

The Greatest Migration Teaser from EP Films on Vimeo.

See it all HERE

Saving Columbia Salmon

Got this story from our friends CRITFC, on Twitter....

Check it and form your own opinion.

Salmon Recovery