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Tippets: Fishers of the Yakima Nation, Lake Titicaca’s Lake Trout Problem, Cold Water Refuges, New Fishing Rules for Washington Steelhead

Posted on December 16 2015

  • Read the story of Mkayla Tahkeal, a member of the Yakima Nation, and the fight to fish the historic salmon and steelhead runs in the spring, summer, and fall. “It’s good when we catch fish,” Mkayla told me. “But it’s still fun just fishing to catch fish, because it’s what my great-grandfather fought for.” Via The New Yorker.
  • Straddling the border between Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is struggling due to pollution, overfishing and the growing populations of non-native lake trout, which were introduced in the 1930s. Via Smithsonian.
  • Wild salmon face a host of environmental threats, and one of the most pressing is increasing water temperatures due to climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Oregon recently announced a three-year plan to map “cold water refugia” in the Columbia and Willamette River systems, and the United States Forest Service has developed a database of stream temperatures in the Northwest with plans for similar models in the works for other regions around the country. Via The New York Times.
  • The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission recently implemented four new sportfishing rules that are intended to help conserve and protect wild steelhead of the Olympic Peninsula. Read more via The Wild Steelhead Coalition.

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