Kamchatka Steelhead Project Research and Conservation
The Conservation Angler co-directs and funds our flagship program—the joint Russian-American Kamchatka Steelhead Project, a long-term study of Oncorhynchus mykiss (steelhead and rainbow trout) with Moscow State University and the A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Science.
This unique program combines sponsoring anglers with Russian and American scientists collecting biological samples from O. mykiss through catch and release fly fishing. The first annual expeditions were conducted in 1994, making this program one of the longest running studies of steelhead in the world. Data collected has provided the basis for over two dozen scientific papers and important scientific discoveries about the species, especially relationships between anadromous and non-anadromous life histories within and between breeding populations. You may delve into the scientific literature produced by the program here.
Additional scientific partners have included Flathead Lake Biological Station of University of Montana, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Service, U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Wild Salmon Center. The KSP is approved under area V of the U.S.-Russian Agreement on the Environment.
Read more about the Kamchatka Steelhead Project and how you can participate here.