Be a Part of 100,000 Spring Chinook Returning to the Willamette River
The Association of Northwest Steelheaders will convene a public meeting on January 9th at Camp Withycombe to discuss 2018 priorities as it relates to its Quest for 100k Campaign. The Quest for 100K’s objective is to get 100,000 spring Chinook back to the Willamette River each and every year for the benefit of sport anglers, food banks and the general overall ecology of the region.
Sea lions are currently the major bottleneck for recovery of upper Willamette Basin salmon and steelhead stocks. In 2017, it is estimated that 25% of the wild winter steelhead population was decimated by waiting sea lions at Willamette Falls. As the population at Willamette Falls continues to grow (it was estimated at 40 mammals last year), the risk for extinction goes up. ODF&W estimates an 89% chance that some populations of upper basin steelhead will go extinct within the near-term.
While sea lions are the major impediment to recover, other large factors are keeping us from attaining a consistent 100,000 fish return to the Willamette Basin. Dams, water quality and “washed-out” stocks of hatchery fish all need to be addressed, and will be addressed in the Quest for 100k campaign. Like removing gillnets off of our spring and summer Chinook fisheries on the mainstem Columbia, it will take time and resources, the most important resource is a sport angler presence, showing this is a priority for our community.
Attendance is free, but you’re still encouraged to RSVP so we know how many to accommodate. Come join us on January 9th at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Withycombe and help us craft a plan to save Willamette Basin steelhead, and bring back 100,000 spring Chinook each and every year to our beloved Willamette River.
Camp Withycombe 15300 Minuteman Way Clackamas, OR97015