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Wild-fish advocates plan to sue over Elwha hatchery

Seattle Times article

Elwha Hatchery MapCheckout this article by Lynda Mapes from this past weekends Seattle Times. It does a nice job of summarizing our position on the Elwha hatchery and why we, along with The Conservation Angler, the Federation of Fly Fishers Steelhead Committee, and the Wild Steelhead Coalition, served legal notice that we would file suit against the Olympic National Park, NOAA Fisheries Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Below are a few quotes from the article:

"This is the world's largest river-restoration program and it should reflect the world's best science," said Kurt Beardslee, head of the Wild Fish Conservancy, one of the groups involved. "We think the hatchery is threatening the recovery of wild fish and we really don't think it went through the proper review process."

...Dylan Tomine, an ambassador for the clothing company Patagonia, which champions dam removal, said wild fish in the Northwest evolved to cope with elevated sediment levels brought by everything from landslides to volcanoes."My wish," Tomine said, "is that we could have the patience and faith to let Mother Nature do what she has always done."

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