I too want to thank you for your excellent discussion and for adding data to the discussion that most of us do not have.
Just which of WDFW's current policies do you want changed? The ones that allow some harvest of healthy stocks?"
To answer that directly I want the state to adobt a no kill nate policy, statewide, all the time. As a second wish, call it my pie in the sky...would be to eliminate netting in the rivers alltogether. But that is another battle for another day.
What does a statewide/year-round cnr policy on native steelhead do?
1. It helps with the number of wild fish that will return each year.
2. It helps in educating, and getting the word out to everyone that wild steelhead should and need to be conserved. Having some rivers open and some shut sends mixed messages.
Bob stated something that made me look at the big picture. You say currently just 15 rivers in the sate allow for the killing of native steelhead. Bob added that twenty years ago the numbers of rivers that allowed that were drastically higher. So cant it be concluded, as at least a minor factor in the stock decline, that killing of native steelhead in our rivers has helped in the problems we now face?
Rather than try to get it to levels that barely allow for a cnr fishery, why dont we raise the bar higher?
Why shouldnt we expect that the state of Washington have WORLD CLASS steelhead fishing?
Lets ban the nets, lets release all native fish, and also address, where necessary, habitat degradation.
Yeah, its a radical approach (too me its just logical) but lets start being proactive, lets do something......the fact that the state still has catch and kill policies in place on rivers that are not meeting escapement tells me that they have other factors influencing their decisions...which is sad and a gross mismanagement of our resources.
I dont think at any level, anywhere, a case can be made for killing native steelhead. I certainly have not heard one yet.
Thanks for the discussion, Gusty