Doubling Down on the Broken Promise of Fish Hatcheries

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You have to hand it to them. It was a wildly creative and successful bait and switch—perhaps the biggest con ever played on the once wild west. The terms were simple. The public would okay the construction of fish-killing dams and other habitat destroying activities. In exchange, the government would use taxpayer money to produce millions of hatchery salmon and steelhead to satisfy the angling and dining appetite of Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho.

For more than a century, the government has made good on its promise and has delivered hatchery fish by the tens of millions. In return, the good folks of the west granted the government the ability to dam, tame, damage and kill its mightiest waters and wild fish.

But there was a catch. Little did the public know that they were sold a bill of goods. It turns out that hatchery fish do not replace lost fish, they further their decline. So in a cruel irony, the government’s solution to wild fish loss has been a century-long ecological and genetic war on wild salmon and steelhead.

Read more and take action (via: The Cleanest Line)

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