Steelhead fishery participants in British Columbia are generally well aware of the fact wild steelhead have been regulated on a catch and release only basis for many years (since 2007). But, how many of them have any idea of the reasons for such conservative management? Twelve years ago I prepared a background paper in support of that approach. Does anyone think there are more wild steelhead in this province today than there were in 2004? Who can make a credible case in support of re-instating a kill fishery in the few rivers in this province that might still produce a few more fish than are required to replace themselves?
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