Alaska Board of Fish Rejects Pressure to Rule on Hatchery Issues at October Meeting
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton and Peggy Parker - October 17, 2018
In one of the most hotly contested issues of recent years, the Alaska Board of Fisheries rejected two proposals to limit hatchery production of salmon after hours of staff reports and public discussion.
With the decline in salmon runs in parts of the State this year, opponents of hatcheries have seized on the unproven theories that excess competition from hatchery salmon is hurting wild stocks.
Accordingly, they have put forward motions to limit hatchery fish, although fully 31% of Alaska salmon landings are supported by hatcheries. At the meeting the ADF&G said that 40%...
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