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Wild Steelheaders United is putting on a science discussion for interested steelhead anglers in a couple weeks. PLease RSVP as space is limited and it helps them plan.

Steelhead Science Workshop for Anglers 2015

When: May 9th, 2015 10 am – 4pm
Where: UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Rm 102
1122 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA 98105
Admission Free: Please RSVP space is limited

A workshop to inform anglers about the state of the science regarding steelhead issues most relevant to their angling opportunity and experience, and to provide an opportunity for anglers to share their insights with, and ask questions of the scientists.

We have selected some of the very best scientists to present because they are not only experts on their topic of interest, but also because they are anglers who enjoy fishing for steelhead.

The workshop will feature four presentations by scientists, each of which covers a particular aspect of steelhead science (see below for topics), followed by four panel discussions that will be interactive with audience participation. We believe that anglers will leave the workshop with a better understanding of steelhead science and how that science can be used to help develop sustainable fisheries.

We suggest arriving early because seating is limited to 130 individuals and entry will be based on a first come, first serve basis.

You can reserve a spot by RSVP’ing here https://steelheadanglerworkshop.eventbrite.com

TU and UW School of Fisheries look forward to seeing you on May 9!

John McMillan, Steelhead Science Director for Trout Unlimited’s
Dr. Tom Quinn, Professor of Fisheries Science at the University of Washington
Dr. Barry Berejikian, Fishery Research Biologist, NOAA/NWFSC
Thomas Beuhrens, Fishery Research Scienctist with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


1. Steelhead biology and ecology
What is a steelhead: the basic biology and ecology
Residency v. anadromy and the importance of both life histories to steelhead
The drivers of steelhead abundance and productivity, such as genetic and life history diversity, marine conditions, and habitat quantity and quality

2. Steelhead and hatcheries
The different purposes served by hatcheries: integrated v. segregated
Harmful and beneficial effects of hatcheries in relation to wild steelhead
Domestication effects: review of the science
Ecological effects
Solutions moving forward to reduce domestication and ecological effects

3. Steelhead fishery management
Monitoring and escapement goals– assumptions and why they are important
Harvest effects on wild steelhead productivity and diversity
Indirect effects of mixed stock fisheries on wild fish
C&R mortality and sub-lethal effects

4. Wild steelhead success stories, where and why
Discussion of where steelhead have and have not recovered and potential reasons for those results
Importance of All-H management to steelhead resilience and recovery

Table. Timeline and description of speakers, panels, and their associated topics for the May 9, 2015, TU and UW symposium on steelhead science.
Topic of presentation
Rob Masonis
Introduction and opening remarks
Presentation #1
Tom Quinn
What is a steelhead: overview of basic biology and ecology
J. McMillan, T. Quinn
10 things every steelheader should know about steelhead biology and its implications for resilience

Presentation #2
Barry Berejikian
Steelhead hatcheries: effects on fish biology, fitness and steps taken to reduce those effects.
J. McMillan, B. Berejikian
10 things every steelheader needs to know about steelhead hatcheries and the implications for productivity and sustainable fisheries
Presentation #3
Thomas Buehrens
Steelhead monitoring and management: how to we develop and monitor escapement and management goals
J. McMillan, T. Buehrens
10 things every steelhead needs to know about monitoring, management, and fish handling in relation to steelhead viability
Presentation #4
J. McMillan
Examples of wild steelhead success, where and why, and implications for moving forward
Closing remarks
Rob Masonis
Closing remarks


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