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Fish hatcheries: A 19th century fix that won’t die

The state of Washington has agreed to cut back on some fish hatcheries but they remain widespread, generally viewed by government as a fix.

Crosscut Article 3/30On Thursday, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced that after 11 years, it would withdrawal the Puget Sound hatcheries draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). Instead, it issued a draft environmental assessment for releasing Chambers Creek steelhead into the Nooksack, Dungeness and Stillaguamish watersheds. An environmental assessment sets a much lower bar than an EIS.  The comment period for this one closes April 27.

The hatchery status quo in Washington continues to try and move forward with a broken system. In a recently released article by Daniel Chasan at Crosscut.com, the current state of Washington hatcheries is evaluated. Check out Pt 1: Fish hatcheries: A 19th century fix that won’t die & Pt 2: Hatcheries flow on despite the evidence they harm salmon recovery.

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