For the conservation minded fisherman, here is an interesting article by Jacques Leslie for the Los Angeles Times published on June 13th.
In the piece, Leslie examines the plan to remove 4 dams on the Klamath River in an attempt to replenish the river’s Salmon run. This is the world’s largest dam removal project, but Leslie argues that without stopping the aggressive stocking program from the river’s salmon hatcheries, the Klamath will never return to its pre dam status of the West Coast’s 3rd largest wild salmon producer. The reasoning behind this is the lack of genetic diversity that comes with hatchery salmon, and if they mix with the native salmon, this would weaken the entire gene pool, eventually leading to a population of fish that can only survive with human involvement. In Leslie’s words, “Allowing hatchery salmon to mix with struggling native salmon after removing the dams is like rescuing a dying man only to slowly poison him.” This is a great article examining the effects hatcheries can have on a self sustaining fish population. Give the full article a read here.
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