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Poppy Cummins

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Email from Troy,

As some of you know, I've been on a crusade to get better fishing rules and fish handling recommendations for wild steelhead and salmon in Idaho, which are threatened and endangered species.  These fish are being abused and then released, and in Idaho it's totally legal.   Some of you may think that fish abuse isn't happening or is that isn't that serious, but I assure you it is.  Last year while fly fishing the Clearwater river with friends in just one week we saw two steelhead drug up on the bank and pinned down then passed around for photos; two others were held up by the gills; and three were netted, brought into the boat where they were subdued before being passed around for photos with everyone in the boat.  Those fish swam away when released so people think they're fine but the research shows that many of those fish will die hours later.
 
Idaho F&G is looking for input from the fishing community on new rules. Washington and Oregon have already added rules and fish handling recommendations to protect wild steelhead and salmon and I need your help convincing Idaho to do the same.  I have been circulating a petition for changing Idaho's fishing rules to fishing clubs around Boise and have over 100 signatures from Trout Unlimited, Boise Valley Fly Fishers, Women's Fly Fishers of Idaho, and the Wild Steelhead Coalition.  Now I'm asking for your help to add support by filling out an ID F&G online web form and then passing this email along to every fisherman you know in the state of Idaho and asking them to do the same (and/or posting it to Facebook).  Act quickly because the window for public comment is only open through March 22, 2015.   Here is a suggested comment, to get you started.

 

https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/webform/public-comment-opportunity-fishing-seasons-and-rules-2016-2018

Please help protect our wild steelhead and salmon by adding language to the fishing regulations to promote proper fish handling. Wild steelhead and salmon should be kept in the water and not drug up on the bank.


You can help wild steelhead and salmon by handling them with care. Don’t drag them up on the bank or bring them into the boat where they can flop around and bang their head.  Keep them in the water as much as possible.  For more details on how fish handling impacts mortality, see these great articles.

 

  1. TU Fish Handling Stress Summary 
    http://www.tu.org/sites/default/files/Handling_Stress_Summary.pdf  

  2. You May Be Killing Steelhead And Not Even Know It
    http://www.ginkandgasoline.com/steelhead/you-may-be-killing-steelhead-and-not-even-know-it/

  3. Native Fish Society Keep ‘Em Wet Campaign
    http://nativefishsociety.org/index.php/conservation/keep-em-wet-campaign-photo-contest/

 

Thanks for your support, and remember: If they’re wild, KEEP ‘EM WET!

 
Troy (FSHNMAN) Pearse
Boise, ID

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I just received an update from Troy that the comment period has been shortened to March 22 2015. 

There are 718 members on this forum. I hope all of you will post comments to the IDFG on this subject.

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Done. Thanks Poppy.
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Done.  Hope you post this on the WA fly fishing forum.  Lot's of good people there.
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Done too. Hope out-of-staters have a voice in this!
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I expect out of state folks count--You buy a license, which is revenue for the state. (Wouldn't hurt to mention you are a licensed fisherman in your comments).
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Done.  Hope you post this on the WA fly fishing forum.  Lot's of good people there.


Please repost as wide as possible. This needs as much support as it can get. THANK YOU.
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Done.

I also pointed out in my comments to Idaho Fish & Game that my wife and I buy expensive full season fishing licenses primarily to fish for wild steelhead and salmon, and spend plenty of money on food, lodging, gas, entertainment, etc., while spending the better part of four months each year in Idaho doing so.

Hope that helps.

Keep up the good work, Troy.

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Comments were sent. Thanks for the heads up.
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I'm please to post an update on this topic.

The 2016 ID F&G regs are out and I am very pleased to see a new call out in the Steelhead section titled "Prepare To Release!" .  Although this is isn't a regulation to enforce keeping wild steelhead and salmon in the river I believe it is a very good step to educating anglers on proper handling of steelhead and salmon.  (See page 40: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/rules/steelhead.pdf)
 
Another important outcome of our work is that ID F&G is planning to investigate the issue further by doing an observation study of salmon and steelhead anglers and time-out-of-water which will help them determine if additional regulations are needed.
 
I very much appreciate and respect the cooperative and collaborative efforts to put this together with our local fishing organizations and the folks at ID F&G.  Thanks again for your time and effort. 
 
Troy Pearse
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