ANADROMOUS WATERS FILM PREMIER OCTOBER 22!
Steelhead are “officially” found in over 300 streams in the Tongass National Forest, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's official Anadromous Waters Catalog. But we believe the real number is probably twice that, meaning hundreds of streams don't receive the conservation measures they deserve.
Learn more about what Trout Unlimited is doing to help conserve those populations by watching our latest film Anadromous Waters.
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- INSTAGRAM LIVE: Thursday at 2:00pm AKST, we will be going live on Instagram to learn the vision for finding undocumented wild salmon and steelhead streams.
- If you've never watched an Instagram live event before, we are hosting the events in partnership with the Trout Unlimited page. Navigate to the @troutunlimited account using the search magnifying glass icon. At the top left of the profile, click the circle image with the logo. It will prompt you to select, "View Story" or "Watch Live Video" The "live" conversation will remain posted for 24 hours if you miss it. But if you join during the conversation, you can participate by asking questions or leaving comments in the box at the bottom of your screen.
- FILM PREMIERE: Join us Thursday at 3:00 pm AKST on our YouTube channel as we release our new film, ANADROMOUS WATERS, by Josh Duplechian from Trout Unlimited.
Trout Unlimited has worked to increase the number of officially recognized anadromous streams by using community science – going to select Tongass 77 watersheds and surveying the area for steelhead.
Stay up to date on the latest news and updates to conserve steelhead in the Tongass National Forest and beyond from America's Salmon Forest and Wild Steelheaders United.
In Southeast Alaska, there are over 5,000+ anadromous watersheds. Of that, only 322 are recognized as supporting annual runs of Steelhead. The “officially recognized” part is key, as this means inclusion in the ADFG Anadromous Waters Catalog (AWC).
Protection of these specified water bodies in the AWC is addressed by Alaska law, which requires persons or governmental agencies to submit plans and specifications to ADF&G and receive written approval in the form of a Fish Habitat Permit prior to beginning the proposed use, construction or activity that would take place in specified water bodies.
Long story short, if a species isn’t included in the AWC for a particular water body, there are no protections afforded that species, and therein lies the rub: to conserve steelhead and their habitat in a water body not listed as supporting them in the AWC, proof of their existence needed to be carefully and accurately documented.