The Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission recently closed Idaho’s steelhead season effective December 9, 2018. This is a challenging issue as we value our friends and supporters. We also realize that Idahoans make a good portion of their living from steelhead guiding during the lean winter months. Equally challenging is the deplorable state of Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead species. We are now in year three of a dramatic downturn of returns and next year could be even worse. Idaho Rivers United would like to offer some clarification about this decision and what it means for Idaho’s communities and fish.
On November 13, the City of McCall concluded their three-part series on the proposed Stibnite Gold Project by discussing potential environmental impacts. The evenings panel consisted of Midas Gold, American Mining Association, The Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Rivers United, NOAA Fisheries, Idaho Conservation League and the Idaho Department of Water Resources. The following piece was delivered at the final lecture by Conservation Associate, Ava Isaacson.
Idaho’s salmon and steelhead are on the brink of extinction, and it is time for Idaho to reclaim leadership and be a voice for our dying fish. This January, along with a variety of stakeholders, IRU aims to drop 5,000 postcards on governor elect Brad Little’s desk as a resounding statement from voters that our native species matter to us and we demand that Idaho take back leadership for our salmon and steelhead policy. Use your voice now.