Tippets: Endangered Status for Thompson Steelhead, EPA Suspends Clean Water Rule, Whirling Disease Found in Tennessee

  • Thompson River steelhead are now officially considered endangered under the Species At Risk Act in Canada. A recent assessment by The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada has determined populations in the Thompson River and Chilcotin River to be “at imminent risk of extinction,” writes Ross Purnell. Via Fly Fisherman.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has suspended the 2015 Clean Water Rule. “EPA has promised to unveil a proposal this spring to ‘replace’ the 2015 Clean Water Rule with an interpretation that could eliminate clean water protections for headwater streams and millions of acres of wetlands,” writes Sam Davidson,”and could be disastrous for our nation’s waterways.”
  • Tennessee’s first known occurrence of whirling disease was recently found in populations of trout in the South Holston and Watauga tailwaters. Via The Chattanoogan.

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Emerger Strategies and Bonefish Tarpon Trust Announce Partnership Through 1% for the Planet

In 2017 Emerger Stragegies announced their commitment to 1% for the Planet, and for the coming year Bonefish Tarpon Trust (BTT) will be its nonprofit recipient for 2018.

Read more in the press release below.

Emerger Strategies and Bonefish Tarpon Trust announce partnership through 1% for the Planet.

From Emerger Strategies:

Emerger Strategies joined 1% for the Planet in 2017 and has committed to donate 1% of annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment, and Bonefish Tarpon Trust (BTT) will be its nonprofit recipient for 2018. Emerger Strategies believes in the important work BTT is doing because it cares deeply about protecting fisheries as issues such as population, policy and pollution increasingly threaten them.

This partnership is special because BTT is working to protect the flats fisheries that bonefish, tarpon and permit call home and Emerger Strategies uses its business as a tool to protect what it loves, which is fishing the flats.

Through its 1% for the Planet membership, Emerger Strategies has partnered with Bonefish Tarpon Trust who to date has too many accomplishments to list, but here are a few:

  • Launched the “Fix Our Water” campaign to inform and engage anglers in Florida’s ongoing water management crisis.
  • Mapped critical flats fishing areas in the Florida Keys that are helping to guide management strategies of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Everglades National Park.
  • Worked with Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and anglers to implement catch-and-release-only regulations for tarpon and bonefish.
  • Assisted in establishing six nationally protected bonefish conservation zones in the Bahamas.

“BTT thanks Emerger Strategies for choosing BTT to be its 2018 1% for the Planet recipient, which will support BTT’s efforts to conserve bonefish, tarpon, and permit fisheries,” said Nick Roberts, BTT Director of Marketing & Communications.

Emerger Strategies is thrilled to work with Bonefish Tarpon Trust by making a financial contribution to the wonderful work BTT is doing. Rick Crawford, Emerger Strategies President stated, “the partnership between Emerger Strategies and Bonefish Tarpon Trust is significant because we believe in BTT’s science-based approach to conservation and want to support the work BTT is doing to conserve flats fisheries.”

About Emerger Strategies

Emerger Strategies is a sustainability and marketing agency that works with businesses to increase their growth while minimizing their environmental impact by turning their sustainability achievements into powerful marketing stories. Emerger Strategies mission is to build purpose-driven brands that solve social and environmental problems.

About Bonefish Tarpon Trust

BTT’s mission is to conserve and restore bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries and habitats through research, stewardship, education and advocacy.

Through science-based approaches, BTT is working to protect and enhance healthy, functioning flats fisheries and habitats in the Western Hemisphere, and restore those in decline. This work is being done in collaboration with other institutions and governments. 

About 1% for the Planet

1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to address the most pressing issues facing our planet. We are a network of more than 1,200 member businesses, numerous individuals, and thousands of nonprofit partners in more than 40 countries. Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, our members have given more than $150 million to environmental nonprofits. For more information about 1% for the Planet, please visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org or follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedIn, and YouTube.

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Thompson River Steelhead Now Officially Endangered


Thompson River steelhead are now officially considered endangered under Canada's Species At Risk Act (SARA). Russell Miller photo

Thompson River steelhead are now officially considered endangered under Canada’s Species At Risk Act (SARA). Russell Miller photo

In the April May 2018 issue of Fly Fisherman (on sale now) we reported that Thompson River steelhead are on the verge of extinction, with fewer than 200 fish expected in the final tally of fish returning to spawn in late 2017. The cause is legal but indiscriminate gill netting in the Fraser River by First Nations and commercial fishermen. We also reported that the only way to save Thompson River steelhead may be a a listing of the fish under Canada’s Species At Risk Act (SARA). A SARA listing could outlaw all activities endangering Thompson steelhead.

Update: Since that story went to press, The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) completed its emergency assessment of Thompson River and Chilcotin River steelhead and has determined both populations are at imminent risk of extinction. Both were assessed by COSEWIC as Endangered and recommended for an emergency listing order under SARA.

Only 177 adult steelhead returned to the Thompson in 2017 and only 58 fish returned to the Chilcotin. Both are tributaries of the Fraser river and are impacted by downstream gillnetting. In both cases, the numbers represent the lowest ever recorded.

The new COSEWIC assessments have been forwarded to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, The Honourable Catherine McKenna, who  will make recommendations for listing and protecting the two species.

For more information, see the April-May 2018 issue of Fly Fisherman or newswire.ca

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Tippets: Wild Waterways in the West, Costa Helps Clean Up The Keys, Flows on the Bighorn

  • A new report, “Disappearing Rivers,” details the Western US waterways threatened by development and pollution. “Water may be crucial for life in the West, but Westerners in 11 states have manipulated and trashed rivers to such an extent that half are now impaired – an impact measured as especially severe in Colorado.” Read more from Bruce Finley in The Denver Post.
  • After Hurricane Irma hit Florida, Costa Del Mar jumped into action to help clean up The Keys. “In a season where unprecedented natural disasters have been unfolding from the Gulf coast to the Pacific Northwest, Costa del Mar and the guide community in the Florida Keys continue to be a great example of leadership and social responsibility,” writes Jonathan Wright in Fly Fisherman.
  • A new flow-management program at Yellowtail Dam was designed to increase water levels at the Horseshoe Bend boat ramp in Wyoming. However, it is putting excess stress on the Bighorn River downstream, and is causing erosion of important trout habitat. Learn more in this video from The Bighorn River Alliance.

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Call to Action for Florida Everglades

Now or Neverglades Declaration is a nonpartisan group of 20 like-minded and knowledgeable individuals and organizations working to find a solution to Florida’s water pollution problems. They have issued an urgent call to action for anglers to voice their concerns to Florida Governor Rick Scott about the Water Management District’s failure to properly design the EAA Reservoir, and to call for Gov. Scott to cancel Big Sugar leases on taxpayer land so the District can deliver a reservoir plan that will work for both residents of Florida and the environment.

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Wednesday Wake-Up Call 02.07.18

Welcome to the latest installment of a new feature on the Orvis Fly Fishing blog, the Wednesday Wake-Up Call, a weekly roundup of the most pressing conservation issues important to anglers. Working with our friends at Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, The Everglades Foundation, Captains for Clean Water, Bullsugar.org, […]


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