Internet Bycatch | Hatcheries vs. Wild Salmon – NYTimes.com

It appears the hatchery fish are becoming more scrutinized along the coast.  Here is a case focusing on a California operation, but how long before Prince William Sound comes under fire?

Since 1964, the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery in California has supplied the watershed with four to 10 million juvenile Chinook salmon each year. The hatchery began the practice as a way of countering the effects of dams that block migration and making sure that the salmon population remained viable. But recent research shows that the massive influx of hatchery-raised fish is masking the fact that wild fish populations are not holding up.

via Hatcheries vs. Wild Salmon – NYTimes.com.

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Commercial Fishing Along The Pacific West Coast

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