Fish mapping helps preservation of wildlife
The Western Front
January 29, 2015
Steelhead trout, a local industry and heavily fished animal, are mapped for conservation efforts and population control.
Biologists, agencies, tribes and nonprofits with knowledge of current steelhead habitats came together Wednesday, Jan. 28. The goal was to update a statewide steelhead map at the Hood Canal Coordinating Council in Poulsbo, Wash.
“I think everybody got what they wanted out of the mapping. We were able to update the map, which is great, and we were able to identify some areas where we can visit for more information,” Waldo said.
There are no specific quantities of fish at this level of surveying, simply an understanding of location, he said.
Data was collected and assembled to update an interactive web map that the public can view online. With this updated information, the user can select which species of fish to view and the map shows areas where that fish is found.
Susan O’Neil, project manager for Long Live the Kings, a salmon recovery nonprofit, said steelhead are classified as “at risk” and no recovery plan is established yet.
A declining steelhead population harms the economy by decreasing the vitality of tribal, commercial and recreational fishing, O’Neil said….