arrgh (February 26th, 2016)
As an ex member of the society I would like to to know your official stand on introducing hatchery Steelhead in systems that have wild runs. It would seem from all the information I have been able to obtain from credible sources that introducing hatchery Steelhead to a system with a wild fish run will be an end to a wild population and an inferior Steelhead will result. We are in a situation here on Vancouver Island were our wild runs are in jeopardy and I hear thru the grape vine the local S.H. society are pushing for hatchery enhancements. Please confirm your official position on this very important issue in my opinion.
arrgh (February 26th, 2016)
I think it's a sh!t idea and I don't like hatcheries in pretty much any jurisdiction. Having said that, our human expansion over the land(and water) base is so overwhelming that I find it amazing that any other species can survive. Just got back from Tofino...
Sierra1 (April 23rd, 2016)
Have you brought this up on Speypages?
What is the Steelhead Society?
Formed in 1970 by a group of dedicated Steelhead anglers concerned about the state of wild steelhead stocks and the wild rivers of British Columbia, the Steelhead Society is a charitable non-profit river conservation organization. The Society has evolved to advocate for the health of all wild salmonids and wild rivers in British Columbia.
Considered to be "one of the most important conservation organizations in North America", the Steelhead Society primarily consists of members from across North America, but has members from around the world. Our members' support, as well as private donations and monies raised through fundraising campaigns, funds advocacy actions and awareness in the public spectrum, and acts to encourage positive change in government and private enterprise.
What is the aim of the Steelhead Society?
The Steelhead Society's mandate is to encourage the conservation and restoration of wild fish and the wild rivers they inhabit. To this end, the Steelhead Society has been able to form alliances and partnerships with First Nations; Federal and Provincial government agencies, politicians, forestry companies, grass roots organizations, media, and outdoor equipment manufacturers.
These alliances encourage awareness of the sensitivity of watersheds and their inhabitants, with a unified goal of improving damaged habitats for the greater good of all involved parties.
The Steelhead Society is dedicated to the ongoing advocacy of environmental education, stream restoration, dam decommissioning options, maintaining flow rates, mitigating the effects of hatchery programs, effective control of the Aquaculture Industry, as well as holding government and public agencies responsible for the natural heritage rivers provide.
Society members have in common a dedication to protecting, enhancing and restoring BC's wild salmon and steelhead habitat.
On the "Hunting B.C. site it would seem the BCWF is supporting a wild steelhead kill fishery on some rivers and a hatchery on the Bulkley.
Over here on the mainland they don't use broodstock from other systems unless they don't have enough fish return, which did happen in the Fraser Valley last summer.
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