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Page.] le e"ra - May 2, 2012 COMMUNITV OPINION v T i . 17A LE00NI00 To 0 C Iany questions face steelhead ] By Bill Nyara ODFW District Fish Biologist Steve Mamoyac was invited to the February 2012 Chapter meeting of the Mid-Valley Steelheaders to ex- plain and discuss the fish manage- ment on the Santiam River system. A great deal of information was given in the half-hour presentation, much of which dealt with the Sum- mer Steelhead management policies and practices. Steve explained that in 1996. the winter Steelhead in much of the Willamette and Sanfiam systems were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Runs of wild. native winter steelhead had dropped to just a few hundred at places such as Foster Dam. Immediately, resource agen- cies began to look at ways to reduce the likelihood of detrimental interac- GUEST COLUMN tion between wild winter steelhead and the non-native, hatchery-reared summer steelhead released into the systems. Interaction of winter and sum- mer spawning adults was not the most pressing concern to resource managers. "since spawning times were only slightly overlapping. What was a concern was the interaction of summer steelhead smelts and wild- rearing winter steelhead fingerlings and smelts. The practice at that time on the South Santiam was to truck the majority of the hatchery-reared summer steelhead smelts to several planting locations. Some smelts were also released at the hatchery. Several things about this prac- islet A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers www.sweethomenews.com Office: 1313 MainSt., Sweet Home, Oregon Mailing address:The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, OR, 97386 Phone: (541) 367-2135 Fax: (541) 367-2137 WHO WE ARE Scott Swanson, Editor/Co-Publisher scott@sweethomenews.com Sean C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweethomenews.com Miriam Swanson, Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriam@sweethomenews.com Christy Keeney, Classified Ads classifieds@sweethmenewscm Firiel Severns, Advertising Sales fitiel@sweethomenews.com The New Era (USPS 379-100)is published each Wednesday. Periodical postage Daid at the Sweet Home, Ore., 97386 Post Office. Postmaster: Please send address changes to The New Era. Box 39. Sweet Home. Oregon 97386 SUBSCRIPTIONS In Linn County: $32 Elsewhere: $40 Snowbird: $38 NEWS QUESTIONS/TIPS Call (541) 367.2135 or e-mail news@sweethomenews.com n tice of "'scatter-planting" hatchery smelts concerned managers. Adult stray rates were known to be much higher from trucked smelts than from smelts volitionally- released directly from rearing or ac- climation ponds. Straying adults tend to end up in unintended locations and are not desireable to resource manag- ers for obvious reasons. It was feared that the offspring from spawning summer steelhead would negatively impact the wild juveniles naturally rearing in the system. Also among those concerns was the competition between tmcked smelts and winter steelhead juveniles for habitat (space) and food. When thousands of hatchery smelts are released into an area by truck, the much smaller numbers of wild-rearing fish in the area and downstream can be displaced. They may also be eaten by hun- gry hatchery smelts which may or may not migrate out soon after be- ing trucked. It was generally felt that trucked smelts tended to migrate at a slower rate and had a greater ten- dancy to residualize in the s/ream. When smelts leave a hatchery pond on their own volition, they have a strong migration instinct and spend much less time in the streams. Many of the smelts that don't have the migration urge and remain in the ponds are destroyed or planted in lakes rather than in the stream where they could possibly end up as resi- dents for a year or more. impacting wild fish. When smelts are pumped onto a fish truck, there is no way to dis- cern a ready-to-migrate smelt from a not-ready or never-ready- to-migrate smelt. They all get dumped into a lo- cation by the thousands, under stress which has also been proven to reduce survival rates. nanagers So. given the fact that native inter steelhead had become listed (ue to years of low runs and the fact t cat hatchery summer steelhead were i on-native (Skamania River. Wash. tock), both federal and state fisher- s biologists and resource managers ere faced with a challenge. How can we continue to have a opular summer steelhead program nd fishery while eliminating or at ast reducing all the concerns about ateraction of hatchery and wild fish. chile giving the appropriate atten- ton to the newly listed winter steel- ead? Some entities with a real or per- eived stake in these new listed fish ere advocating for the elimination the hatchery summer steelhead rogram, Fish biologists and man- gers saw one very obvious prartice cat was believed to increase the in- .raction of hatchery and wild fish: catter planting. This was an easy way to reduce ome very deep concerns while sat- flying all of the governing agencies nd environmental groups. It has also esulted in a sustained summer steel- ead fishery for the past 14 years. r Could going back to scatter lanting improve fishing? Perhaps. ome people are sure it would. Oth- s aren't so sure. See Nyara, page 5 From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east.tinn County... May 3, 1962 Reese Esgar, a Highway 20 association director, informed The New Era this week that present plans for construction of the pro- posed new Wiley Creek bridge to start within the next 60 days. More than 1,200 mill and woods workers in the immediate Sweet Home area were idled Tues- day by an IWA-CIO strike that became effective at midnight Mon- day throughout the entire Pacific- Northwest. Mrs. Theodore Topp, 42, and her 16-year-old daughter, Karline, were seriously injured in an auto accident south of Lebanon on Sat- urday night. Also injured was Charles E. Shelley. Shelley was attempting to pass another vehicle when he col- lided head-on with an auto driven by Mrs. Topp. May 6, 1987 Approximately 125 persons attended the official ground break- ing ceremonies of the First Baptist Church on Hwy. 20. across from the Hwy. 20 Church of Christ. Construction will start in early May. The auditorium willbe able to seat 260 people, with overflow capabilities to handle between 400- 500 people. A 23-year-old Sweet Home man was arrested Tuesday with eight charges by the Linn County Sheriff's Office following an early morning arrest which included the injury of a Sweet Home Police Of- ricer. John Burger was arrested at 1 a.m. by two Linn County deputies. At the time of the arrest he attempt- ed to strike officer Robert Wor- thington in the head with a wood captain's chair. He was charged with violation of a restraining or- der, burglary one, menacing, reck- lessly endangering, resisting arrest. and three counts of assault on an officer. Ruth Porter of Albany is at- tending the National Chicken Cooking Contest in Jackson. Miss. Ruth Porter is the wife of The New Era's Pete Porter. She has compet- ed in the National Beef Cooking Championship in 1984. WRITE A LETTER We encourage readers to express the r opin ons in letters to the ed tor be sent to news@sweethomenews.com. Please include a telephone number in case we need to contact you. Also, we require that you include your name and city of residence or your letter will not be published. There is no length restriction, but letters may be edited for length and all letters will be edited for libelous content. We discourage letters that attack or complain about private citizens or businesses on a personal level. Also, letters containing comments on topics deemed by the editorial staff to have been exhausted in previous letters will beedited accordingly.