What happens when wild salmon interbreed with hatchery fish?

Photo: Anderson Cheri, USFWS

An intervention is needed to address Alaska’s hatchery addiction.

research project by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game looking at chum and pink salmon runs in Southeast Alaska and Prince William Sound is expanding to help biologists understand the interplay between wild runs and hatchery strays. There is concern that hatchery fish could alter the genetics of wild populations, posing a threat to their survival.

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