This impressive new tool from Native Fish Society puts some perspective behind the extent of the hatchery welfare state.
The science is clear: the widespread use of hatcheries to replace wild fish contributes to their decline. But wrapping your head around the individual and cumulative impacts of dozens of hatchery programs across the Pacific Northwest is a daunting task. To better quantify the impacts, both ecological and fiscal, of hatchery programs, we turned to John Zemrose—a Native Fish Fellow specializing in data analysis—who created the NFS Pacific Northwest Hatchery Release Dashboard. The Dashboard is a public tool-free to use and available to anyone who would like to see the numbers on Pacific Northwest hatchery programs in their home waters and across the region.