As someone who lives right at the confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie, I'm very happy to see this decision.
The groups who pushed for this to happen, believe it or not, want more fish. The reason for this action was because "more fish" is not being achieved by planting Chambers Creek stock steelhead. The science doesn't support their continued use in these systems, period.
I'm especially happy to see them come out of the Skagit. Millions are spent on these Chambers Creek plants every year, and very little angling opportunity comes from it unless you stand, with dozens of others, right in front of the hatchery creek, where they bolt straight to when they enter the river. In the Skagit, the biggest of all these operations, only about 100 or so fish are harvested from these stocks each year the past few years.
Time to try something new.
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And when they say "angling community," that definitely doesn't speak for all of us. The groups that have been working towards making this happen are all composed of anglers as well.
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Originally Posted by grtlksmarlin
Because.....It's not about protecting the fish, but stopping fishing.
This entire decision is based on protecting fish. The NATIVE, WILD fish that belong there, not the introduced strains of steelhead they are planting. I see that you're in Michigan, and I can assure you that our fisheries here in WA are much, much different than what you experience, and our management is extremely complex.
Before passing judgment, please look in to more than just this one-sided article.