Friday, November 23, 2012
Seattle Times Article on Snake River Sockeye
With as many as 1000 fish returning to the Snake in good years (around 250 returned this year), sockeye populations are no longer on critical life support, and it is time to phase out hatchery production and allow fish to spawn in the wild, maintaining the fitness and genetic diversity of these fragile stocks. Instead managers have opted to spend $14 million dollars on a new production hatchery, that will preserve the status quo allowing the BPA to continue operating the four lower Snake River dams that are the primary impediment to true recovery in the Snake basin.
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