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andre
03-26-2004, 09:46 PM
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001888526_hatcheries26m.html

flytyer
03-27-2004, 01:21 AM
Andre,

The Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon, WA had a nearly identical article on this. It seems that the honorable judge's ruling that their was no difference between hatchery and wild coho in one Oregon river system has the NMFS looking for cover or possibly a way to keep more suits, such as the Oregon one they lost, from being filed. If the policy statements are kept out of the reports and only the data showing hatchery and wild stocks are different, perhaps the courts would agree that the wild fish are different and need protection.

The WA builders association and related groups have already threatened to file similar suits on each river system with hatchery and wild salmon and steelhead in WA state.