Friday, February 13, 2009

Poor survival in the Puget Sound Georgia Basin

Canadian Researchers have documented what many have suspected for some time now, ocean survival for multiple species of salmonids has declined dramatically in the Puget Sound Georgia Basin over the last few decades. While salmon and steelhead restoration has been predominantly focused on the freshwater environment the importance of the ocean and the health of the oceanic ecosystem is often overlooked. Notice the author of the study Richard Beamish cites competition with hatchery fish as a potential contributor to poor ocean survival. The puget sound georgia basin is one of the most heavily supplemented salmon ecosystems in the world, hatchery policy which was developed during times of good ocean conditions may potentially contribute to decline and extinction in times of worse ocean conditions. Read the PI article here

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