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Columbia Steelhead "Strongholds''

NMFS wants to see at least four Southwest Washington streams identified as wild steelhead strongholds with no planting of hatchery fish beginning in 2014.

Columbian Trib steelhead"The National Marine Fisheries Service wants to see at least four Southwest Washington streams identified as wild steelhead strongholds with no planting of hatchery fish beginning in 2014.

Rob Jones, hatcheries and inland fisheries chief for NMFS in Portland, said determining which streams will be a joint effort between the federal fish agency and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The hatchery steelhead program in Southwest Washington, which plants fish in 13 streams, is not in compliance with the federal Endangered Species Act, said Jones.

NMFS, an agency of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, funds most of the steelhead hatchery programs, in addition to many salmon hatcheries in Southwest Washington.

Jones said NMFS fears that hatchery steelhead are spawning with wild steelhead, jeopardizing survival of the wild fish..."

This is good start. Read the entire article from The Columbian here.

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