Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Action Needed: Spring Chinook Hatchery Facility Threatens Molalla River


The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering whether to give the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) permission to build a spring chinook acclimation facility along the Molalla River. The hatchery would raise non-native, out of basin spring chinook which would be released into the Molalla for the expressed purpose of enhancing fisheries, while claiming falsely that the program would benefit wild spring Chinook. There are already plenty of hatchery Chinook fisheries in the Willamette valley and this is a terrible idea.

The Molalla River is home to wild spring Chinook that are listed as threatened under the ESA, and the proposed hatchery program would include no monitoring to aid in the evaluation of it's impacts on wild spring Chinook. When hatchery fish spawn in the wild they can dramatically reduce the productivity and genetic diversity of native populations and spring Chinook smolts often residualize in freshwater where they prey upon smaller juveniles and compete with salmon and trout parr for habitat and food.

Visit the link at the NFS website to take action now:

http://alerts.nativefishsociety.org/campaign/6-molalla

6 comments:

chaveecha said...

The acclimation facility does not pose a threat to wild fish in the Molalla. Calling serious bullshit on this one, guys.

Osprey said...

Hi Chaveecha, would you mind elaborating a little bit? This acclimation pond was news to us and news of the proposal arrived in our email this morning.

Thanks,
The Osprey

Anonymous said...

Hi Osprey,

The Hatchery has been in place a long time, there is no native run of spring chinook (since sometinme in the 1960's). The acclimation pond is in an attempt to reduce hatchery spring chinook stray rates. ODFW didn't have the money and CCA is helping them. This is all part of the Upper Willamette Recovery Plan. You should be behind this effort.

Osprey said...

Thanks to those who have left comments, they've added a valuable, and more accurate contribution to our understanding of the issue. We'll get in touch with the folks at the NFS and see what they have to say and get back to our readers.

Thanks,
The Osprey

Shane said...

Rob please enlighten us on why you say this is bullshit. Who are your scientific sources that would back up your claim Rob.How about you "Anonymous" care to educate us all on why you support this?

Thanks,
Shane Stewart

chaveecha said...

The current proposal being pushed by Russell Bassett and his CCA buddy is not the best answer for the Molalla. It fails to address the core issue of spring chinook recovery. In fact, it makes the assumption that wild springers are extinct in the basin, which is not accurate.

We need to kill this proposal, but maintain our connection with all stakeholders to find a more holistic approach.

-RR