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Coquille Bass Blitz – Revisited

In Oregon by Dean Finnerty

Wild Steelhead Initiative Manager, Dean Finnerty, and his son recently assisted ODFW with electro-fishing on the Coquille River, one of Oregon’s finest salmon and steelhead waters. ODFW’s electro-fishing efforts help remove non-native species that adversely affect native fish.

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Winning the Ecological Lottery

In Oregon by Sophia Kaelke

In this week’s installment of a five-part series into steelhead biology and fishery management, we dive into a discussion around life history diversity and how it relates to estimating habitat capacity.

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What Is a Stock-Recruit Model? And Why You Should Care

In Oregon by Sophia Kaelke

In the third installment of our five-part series on the Rogue-South Coast Plan, we look into how scientists and managers most commonly estimate if harvest is appropriate for a certain population and at what level. This is generally done with modeling, which is nothing more than taking all of the data that is available for a certain population and combining it with a little bit of math and a few assumptions.

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The Biology of Harvest

In Science Friday by Sophia Kaelke

In the first of our five-part series, Nick Chambers discusses why density dependence is important to fishery management and how density dependence is used to understand production potential of habitat and to develop escapement goals.

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For the First Time in My Life

In Oregon by Dean Finnerty

For the first time in my life, I won’t be skating flies over glassy tailouts for summer steelhead this year on my beloved North Umpqua River. That’s because the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed this legendary fishery until December due to extreme low flows and dangerously high water temps.

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Rogue-South Coast Management Plan: Public Comment

In Oregon by Dean Finnerty

After more than two years of development, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) recently released its Rogue-South Coast Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan (RSP) for public comment. We have the scoop on what’s in it and how you you can speak up on behalf of wild steelhead.

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Oregon South Coast Management Plan Proposal Nearing Completion

In Oregon, Proper handling, Steelhead Etiquette by Kyle Smith

In order to continue with the opportunity to harvest wild steelhead in southern Oregon, we need better science. If we continue down the path of harvesting wild steelhead without better understanding of population and harvest levels, we could watch those populations decline to unfishable levels within our lifetime. Here’s our update on the latest…