On May 19, a District Court judge ordered Rock Creek Hatchery, on Oregon’s famous North Umpqua River, to “voluntarily release” 70,000 summer steel head smolts. North Umpqua is one of those famous wild steel rivers about which you have probably heard a lot. Its winter wild steel streams – when there are no socks – have been kept fairly steady in recent years, while last year North Umpqua’s summer run was so low that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shut down for the first time. first Umpquas Summer fishing season. time in history. Earlier this spring, ODFW announced it would end its summer steel program on the North Umpqua River.
Then a legal challenge
- The decision to discontinue the fishing program was challenged by Douglas County, Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby, Inc. and fishing guide Scott Worsley.
- District Court Judge Gives Urgent Measures to Applicants – The court ordered the birds to voluntarily release the fungus while the case continues.
- “The timing of this release is extremely bad given that breeding fish are now at the top of the descendants of the lowest NU summer run in history,” said Dave Moskowitz, CEO for The Conservation Angler.
- According to steel head scientists, this voluntary release is likely to negatively impact the wild growth of the steel head in North Umpquan. Also, due to release time, smolts survival is likely to be very poor and increase competition with wild steel smolts.
- When asked for comment, the ODFW added, “The court order requires that non-migrating resins be transported out of the summer steel head growing habitat area, to minimize the risk of particulate competition with wild juvenile summer steel head in river. “
Time will tell what the effect of this decision is. But again, North Umpqua is one of the most productive wild rivers with steel tips, yet it called for an emergency shutdown last season. Cultivations have their place, but when they have negative effects on wildlife population shrinkage, controversial decisions will be needed.
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