Does Washington's Statewide Steelhead Plan Matter?
By Pete Soverel
- Steelhead Committee, Federation of Fly Fishers -
Almost three years ago the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission adopted a Statewide Steelhead Management Plan (SSMP) and its related Final Environmental Impact Statement. The SSMP explicitly places "the highest priority on the protection of wild steelhead and restoration of these stocks to healthy levels" and established the performance standards against which the SSMP should be measured -- "...steelhead program operations strategies must be carefully monitored to insure that the actions are restoring and maintaining abundance, distribution, diversity and long-term productivity to steelhead and their habitats."