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The Steelhead committee of was founded in 1986 when a group of concerned anglers, recognizing declines in populations of wild steelhead joined forces to giving a voice to wild steelhead. The following year, the first issue of our newsletter The Osprey was published. Over the thirty-plus years of publication, wild salmon and steelhead populations up and down the West Coast of North America have continue to decline sharply. With few exceptions, wild salmon/steelhead populations are either already extinct or trending sharply towards extirpation. Current management practices, especially hatchery and harvest regimes, have not been effective in sustaining these Northwest icons. Clearly, reversing these alarming trends will not be accomplished easily or without dramatic, wholesale changes in current practices. In coming issues, The Osprey will address the causes for declines, management regimes that have failed to address effectively these causes and outline alternative strategies to begin the process of returning our wild salmon and steelhead to abundance on long-term sustainability supporting vibrant commercial, recreational and tribal fisheries for future generations. Editorial content will be guided by The Osprey management committee representing the partners and our team of distinguished scientific advisors: Rick Williams, Jack Stanford, Jim Lichatowich, Bill McMillan, and Michael Price. We know where the bodies are buried; we going to tell you; and encourage change.

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