December 2, 2010
Why can the politicians WAKE UP and do the RIGHT THING, for a change!!!
At the Wild Steelhead Coalition (WSC) website you will find a lot of interesting information regarding the actual state of the Steelhead. It's probably one of the most exciting fish to catch, with it's raw power, and the characteristic beautiful red color, which makes it a valuable pray for every sports fisher. For the regions which can provide a good Steelhead fishing, there is a lot on stake, since it will create a serious economically growth in all aspect of these regions, because of the money spend by fishing tourists.
By Author Dylan Tomine
A recent study shows the Skeena River sport fishing industry brings more than $30 million a year into the local economy. On the other hand, the average gross income of a British Columbia North Coast gill-netter in 2005 was $8,000—about the value of two or three sport fishing caught and released wild steelhead. Exactly how many steelhead perished as by-catch to earn that $8,000 we’ll never know for sure, but it’s a significantly high enough number that on the rare occasion when the nets are out of the water, steelhead escapement skyrockets.
And this doesn’t even take into account Skeena steelhead killed in the B.C. and Alaskan salmon seine fisheries—many ob- servers believe the number is as high or even higher than those caught in gill-nets. So, let’s see...in this commercial fishery, we have a low-income, high negative-impact industry that kills thousands of steelhead and depressed salmon stocks, while the sport fishing sector provides large amounts of income with very little impact.And yet, our decision makers can’t seem to do the math.
Read the rest of this very interesting PDF rapport HERE (these picture is from this PDF rapport)