Monday, April 12, 2010

True Cost of Puget Sound Blackmouth

With budgets being trimmed the state auditor released a report recently identifying WDFWs Puget Sound Blackmouth program as a particularly wasteful use of the states resources. With poor survival of hatchery released Chinook in the sound, on average each blackmouth harvested by anglers costs $798.00. Hatchery programs designed to produce blackmouth and resident coho are also troubling because the state rears juveniles longer prior to release to encourage residualization. This means fish stay in Puget Sound, feeding on and competing for resources with wild fish.

Hopefully budget stress in Olympia will finally bring some recognition to the failures of many puget sound hatchery programs. More information in the Seattle Times.

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