Fisheries Workshop Wrap Up

Here’s a final comment on the recent PRB Fisheries Workshop.  While I respect the earnest effort being put into the reintroduction effort there is just no getting around the fact that results remain dismal.  A total of 36 upper basin origin adult steelhead returned in the 2018/2019 season (17 the year before), 5 spring chinook returned in 2018 (20 in 2017, the numbers are going to be better but still low for 2019), and 38 sockeye returned in 2018.  This is simply depressing numbers but it doesn’t mean the reintroduction effort should be abandoned or ridiculed.  Anadromous fish were denied passage since the mid-1960s and re-establishing them is going to take time.  Short of tearing out the dams, the efforts based on the best available science are being made to establish viable upper basin populations and a roadmap for doing so can now be found on PGE’s website.  (Go to 2019 Fisheries Workshop Resources / Reintroduction Roadmap.)  They have a long way to go but an honest and determined attempt is being made.