Pete Soverel writes about the abysmal results of using hatchery steelhead as a fisheries management tool and why it’s time we should try something different.
When I first arrived in Washington, steelhead were ubiquitous. 150 rivers were open to recreational angling. In Puget Sound alone, wild, naturally produced steelhead probably numbered 200,000 or more. Instead of husbanding this precious resource, the state adopted management regimes that substituted domesticated hatchery steelhead for naturally produced fish and authorized unsustainable harvest fisheries.
Sixty years later, what is left? Well, in a word, nothing. Wild steelhead populations are on life-support and hatchery populations have collapsed.
LINK (via: Herald Net)
If you’re in need of further proof these two graphs courtesy of Bob Hooton should get your attention.