This blog highlights conservation issues we feel are important to fly fishers and others who love outdoor sports, and we cover the latest and most pressing environmental issues affecting wildlife habitat and resource conservation. Orvis believes that, if we are to benefit from the use of our natural resources and environment, we must be willing to act to preserve them. Therefore, the company commits 5% of pre-tax profits to protecting nature.

Take our Poll: Trout Fishing in a Climate-Changed America


Written by: Phil Monahan

Jim's brookie taken on a #16 caddis

Some like it hot, but brookies don’t. Are days like this numbered due to climate change?

Entering into an already heated debate, a recent study on the potential impact of climate change on trout has chilling news for cold-water fisheries.

In a moderate plan for a warming climate drawn up by the researchers, brook trout would lose more than three-quarters of their range in the West in the next 75 years. Brown and cutthroat trout would lose about 50 percent of theirs. Rainbow trout would fare the best, losing a little more than a third of the miles of stream in which they can thrive.

The rest of the article can be read on the New York Times Environment blog here.

What do YOU think? Take our poll below on how you feel trout populations could be impacted and leave your feedback in the comments section.


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Fisheries Scientist Kristi Miller Muzzled about Wild Salmon Collapse Study


Written by: Eric Rickstad

The fin of a sockeye salmon taken at Roderick-Haig Brown Regional Park during the sockeye run in October 2010. Top bureaucrats in Ottawa have muzzled a leading fisheries scientist whose discovery could help explain why salmon stocks have been crashing off Canada's West Coast, according to documents obtained by Postmedia News.

 

Kristi Miller, a Canadian scientist who published a study on the collapse of Canada’s West Coast salmon in the leading research journal Science has been muzzled by Ottowa’s Privy Council Office from speaking about the research. The research showed a possible link between farm raised salmon exposing wild salmon to disease.

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