Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Fish Hatchery Controversy Takes On New Significance As Wild Chinook Salmon Populations Crash

ScienceDaily (Apr. 8, 2008) — "A recent study indicates that wild salmon may account for just 10 percent of California's fall-run chinook salmon population, while the vast majority of the fish come from hatcheries. The findings are especially troubling in light of the disastrous decline in the population this year, which will probably force the closure of the 2008 season for commercial and recreational salmon fishing." click here for the rest of the article

Researchers from University of California, Santa Cruz published their findings in a recent issue of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. These researchers are members of the large-scale marine research program called the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), which includes researchers from UCSC, UCSB, Stanford and OSU. Visit their website for more information on the research that is conducted here along the 1200 miles of coastline from California to Washington.

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