Climate change could cut trout habitat in half in the West, peer reviewed study says

Warming temperatures could cut in half suitable trout habitat in the West over the next 70 years.

The latest alarming report comes from a team of 11 scientists from Trout Unlimited, the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Boise, Colorado State University, the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. The study, published today in the peer-reviewed science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, , predicts native cutthroat could decline by up to 58 percent.

Rainbow trout may drop by 35 percent and brown trout by 48 percent. Surprisingly, brook trout, introduced from eastern streams, could decline by as much as 77 percent.

"The study looks beyond temperature increases to the role of flooding and interactions between species, said Seth Wenger, the paper's lead author. That give fisheries managers and groups like Trout Unlimited, Wenger’s employer, tools for reducing the impacts.

Wenger recommends restoring and reconnecting coldwater drainages and by protecting existing healthy habitat largely located on public lands.

"Essentially, Trout Unlimited is already protecting remaining strongholds and restoring degraded habitat - exactly the kind of things that need to be done to reduce the impact of a changing climate on coldwater fisheries in the West," Wenger said.

Chris Wood, president and CEO of Trout Unlimited called the report a wake up call.

“It is imperative that we accelerate the scope and the pace of that work if we are to have healthy trout populations and the irreplaceable fishing opportunities they provide through this century," Wood said.

"The study used data from nearly 10,000 sites throughout the western United States. It also compared different climate models.

Some models predicted more warming than others, but under even the most optimistic model, cutthroat trout populations in the West could decline by 33 percent, the study said. Idaho’s three cutthroat species, westslope, Yellowstone and Bonneville, have all been studied for listing as endangered species.

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The fish reviewed the report?


Stop it y'all. That's freaky.

It's just a "godless liberal plot"...

No worries, it's just a "godless liberal plot" to stop fishing and killing wolves. Ignore the data... Just pray over it...

good to see you post again meng ...



Thanks, but I'm always here in one form or another.. Saigon, Meng, Farang... it just depends.


It says, " The study looks beyond temperature increases. It's because it is all a lie and they are grasping at straws.

the best part

the best part of the article is the COULD...I could lose 50 lbs with the inflationary recession going on and all but I bet I don't. Of course we are unaware of the inflationary recession because the Fed is removing utilities, Food, and other items from the calulation to control the result.

this article is light on science high on phylosophy, which is okay but when the qualifier is could, not will then why are you wasting our time. Make a statement, validate that statement to best of your ability then see how it works out. Sure most hypothesis fail today. That is because all of the easy ones are taken already, you know, if I release this apple it will fall to the floor.

Is This A Credible Study?

It is hard to tell given all the deciept and lies by the left on the climate change issue. No one wants to destroy the earth but with so much bad behavior by these people it hard to have faith in what they say. It is kind of like taking the criminal's word that he is a changed man.

Trying hard to make some news?

We are having great fishing that only seems to be getting better. BTW Idaho's biggest trout was recently broken by a trout weighing in at over 27 pounds.

It's momma was promiscuous though


Stop it y'all. That's freaky.

Hey Rocky,

What are your qualifications to review a scientific study? Or are you just passing on a Press Release and calling it "journalism".

Good to see you out there.

Take a good look at the headline. The operative word is "Could cause." Always leaving themselves an out. This is just another article to take attention off of president downgrade. Keeping this on the subject I was referring to the chief of our nations bottom feeders.

In other news

Trout habitat may decline due to fishing.

In related stories

Men die and Social Security won't let them afford to.


Stop it y'all. That's freaky.

This is data?

"As an assembled dataset, it did not have a formal sampling design and was subject to spatial autocorrelation, which was addressed in the analysis as described below."

Riiiight... You know it's possible to prove just about anything at a 95% confidence interval when you're allowed to slice and dice the data...


Who needs scientists and their studies? Can you buy trout in a can at the store? That will tell us all we need to know.

Red state intellects ...............

Might just as well give up trying to get these banjo pickers to actually think -- when Fox or the drug addict says there is climate change THEN they will get behind it . We live among idiots and they have done all they could to guarantee the next generation isn't any smarter than they are .

Typical lib response...

You can't be civil and have a reasonable discussion based on facts so you immediately resort to name calling. Pathetic.

Great observaion and comment.

It is what the reddog lives for.


and banjo pickin' with his Obamunist buddies.

Mental diarrhea so you need healthcare, no?


Stop it y'all. That's freaky.


You could stand to change your diaper. Or do you consider that thing on your head to be earmuffs?

I believe it's a pair of Sony MDR-R118? folding mini phones.

It's America though, you can believe anything you want.


Economists were invented to make astrologers look professional.

Climate Change

As long as you're blogging non-stop on climate change, why not blog something about this paper in the Peer Reviewed journal Remote Sensing:

Could it be because this paper deals a fatal blow to current global warming models we haven't heard ANYTHING about it from the media?

STOP LINKING! It's filthy and your mouse will serve Satan etc


Stop it y'all. That's freaky.

AP story

Seth did a pretty good story that has climate scientists questioning Spencer's paper and climate skeptics that are not scientists suggesting like you that this single paper deals a fatal blow to the 30 independent models that show global warming.

We ran it but it is no longer on our page. Here it is:

I read it and a number of responses

To say this deals a fatal blow to current modeling is just silly. This fellow is one of the tiny per cent of climate scientists who dispute the reality of human influenced climate change. It's also interesting to note that nary a one of any recognized national or international scientific organizations agree with him either. I sure wonder how they get everyone to go along with these "lies" and this grand conspiracy. Quite a project. Another thing of interest is this fellow has said that God wouldn't let climate change happen to His creation so it can't be true. But that's typical of contemporary conservatism wherein belief is constantly confused with knowledge.

Oh well.

I don't like fishing anyway.

Finally! A voice of reason!

Because Voice Of Reason ain't.


Stop it y'all. That's freaky.

Climate change could double trout habitat in 70 years.

Here's how I see it: me and hundreds of other scientists ("deniers") could be dead wrong after all, and the weather is going to get catastrophically hotter and drier throughout Trout Country on a year-by-year basis.

Millions of people in Boise, Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, B.C. begin worrying (a lot) about their freshwater supplies for cooking, drinking, irrigation, and car washes.

The government begins damming up every creek and river fed by rainwater, snowmelt, and receding glaciers it can still find to meet the increasing demand for freshwater.

Opportunistic entrepreneurs join federal agencies in building fish hatcheries throughout the landscape for commercial food and recreational uses to help fund all of the damming.

A hundred times more trout habitat is created in the ponds and reservoirs than ever existed in free-flowing creeks and rivers. Some trout species are adversely affected, but rainbow, kokanee, and lake trout numbers go through the roof and reach unprecedented numbers.

It could happen.

I feel good about Climate Change....

scientists??? publish anything you want to hear....called tenure, funding, and job security....

Tomorrow, I will publish the effects of asteroids on cell phones and radio waves....stay tuned....

it could affect tyhe tomatoes in your garden....

A bumper crop of pizzas would be nice.


Economists were invented to make astrologers look professional.