Friday, March 8, 2013
ODFW Suspends Broodstock Collection on Lower Columbia Tribs
Thanks to a legal challenge from the Native Fish Society, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be suspending their wild broodstock collection on the Sandy, Clackamas, McKenzie, Santiam and Middle Fork Willamette. Lower Columbia steelhead are listed as endangered under the ESA. There is broad scientific consensus that hatchery supplementation undermines the productivity, abundance and diversity of wild salmon and steelhead populations, and the NFS lawsuit challenges the legality of these hatchery programs on the basis that they jeopardize the persistence of Lower Columbia/Willamette steelhead. As a result of the ongoing legal action, ODFW has opted to discontinue broodstock collection for this year meaning that hundreds more wild steelhead will be spawning in the wild this spring. Great work NFS!
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