Sunday, March 8, 2009

Washington State releases more hatchery fish than all other West Coast states combined

Data found in Kathryn Kostow's latest paper on the risks posed by hatchery programs shows that in Washington State an estimated 280 million hatchery fish are released into the wild annually, this is more than all other West Coast states combined, yet Washington State has arguably the weakest wild stocks of any state with the exception of Idaho. Hatchery fish have proven in many ways to be an inadequate replacement for wild fish lost to habitat degradation and in most cases are probably causing further declines through genetic and ecological interactions with wild fish.

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