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: