Perspectives on Salmon Hatcheries . . .

Salmon hatcheries have been with us for well over a century here in the Pacific Northwest.  Few of the anglers, and conservation minded people I know, even the most ardent wild fish advocates study the history of salmon hatcheries.

The Oregon fly fishing blog just posted the first part of an article I wrote summarizing he historical expectations of salmon hatcheries in our region.  I invite anyone who cares about the future of Pacific salmon and fishing to check it out.

http://oregonflyfishingblog.com/2010/06/22/salmon-hatcheries-in-the-pacific-northwest-part-1/#respond

I did my best to be accurate and fair. Guess what?    As much as I know, I am sure I have much to discover and new ways of understanding.  The only way to do this is to engage in constructive dialogue.

Agree with what you read?  Say so.

Surprised?  Say so.

Disagree?  Again, say so.

Thanks – JN

One thought on “Perspectives on Salmon Hatcheries . . .

  1. A question of terminology. It is my understanding that we now commonly use the term “wild” when refering to any salmonid that is born and bred in the wild regardless of its parentage, whether hatchery-bred or native. Why nit pick? The usage of “wild” as noted above is but one more example of how things get masked at first and then later forgotten altogether. It is perhaps a moot, but nevertheless significant, point with regard to ESA listings, which are intended, at least in theory, to protect genetic stocks. Are you aware of any published studies regarding the “straying” of hatchery fish into the “wild”? I do seem to recall something undertaken by ODFW along this line with steelhead in the Coquille watershed.
    Thanks for the opportunity to engage in a dialogue.
    Sam

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