Alaska is making a risky bet on salmon hatcheries. The bet is so extreme that "the fishing industry depends on hatcheries."
Now a new study shows (yet again) how hatchery salmon can harm the sustainability of salmon. This is old news, of course, a study by the University of Alaksa done in 2001 issued this dire warning:
This report concludes that industrial-scale hatch- ery salmon production, which releases billions of smolts into the North Pacific Ocean, could be jeop- ardizing Alaska’s wild salmon. Additionally, there are legitimate management questions as to whether hatchery operations in Alaska are in line with cur- rent Alaska Department of Fish and Game policies, including the Sustainable Salmon Fisheries Policy.
At a time when other fishery managers are cutting back on hatcheries because of proven harm to wild salmon, Alaska is happy to keep pumping out billions of farm-bred fish into Alaska's ocean. Is Alaska doomed to be the last tragic believer in the hatchery salmon myth?
It's an interesting time to ponder the sustainability of Alaska's salmon hatcheries, as Alaska makes proud claims about sustainable fishing and says we don't need no outsiders to look over our shoulders and evaluate our sustainability.
How many years does Alaska want to keep riding this string of risky bets?Tweet