NOAA and the ODF&W/WDF&W consider any returning fish, spawned from gravel, a wild fish.There are no wild fish anymore. They are all intermingled with hatchery stock. However, there is a lot of money to be had selling the idea of wild salmon and steelhead...both for the State, Landowners and special interest groups in the form of grants and tax breaks.
The crickets come from the serious decline that was happening in both basins as hatchery plants continued. After that high point in the 80's the plants continued to be at the same level. Yet the returns of both hatchery and wild fish were dropping off precipitously. It was clear that something was wrong with the scheme.OOHH YEAH! Just count all the fisheries that are sooo much better than they were 20 years ago. . . . . . . . . . . . . is that crickets I hear?
Speaking from my high place here...Points to ponder
1) There is a plan to continue planting hatchery raised Broodstock fish in the Sandy. However, they will phase out the cedar creek planting of most species Because of straying. The plan is to plan fish in the Bull-run river. My comment: Heck, if they are native broodstock, who cares if they stray and spawn in the river. Wasn't that the point of using native broodstock anyway???
2) There was a period of time (I can't remember when it was, the 50's?) that there was no fish passage allowed above Marmot dam. So these fish are not really native after all. They are strays from somewhere
The Sandy is quite a bit different and needs additional help. One major problem it has is that it is nutrient poor. We need to supplement the nurtients with carcass plantings and habitat improvements to see a comeback for our fishery.So what criteria are we using for this new "Sandy Boomsday Theory"?
There are countless rivers here on the West side that have no dams, the Sandy will soon join them. Yet we see sustainable wild populations, and we have a consumptive fishery. Many South coast streams even allow the retention of 5 native steelhead annually.
Why would the Sandy be different? I have seen no plans of stopping the release of hatchery smolts, where is this information coming from?
How about we give it 8-10 years before we lower it in a hole and throw dirt on it.
Would TUNA! carks work? I bet the dogs could bring tons and tons of them to the party.The Sandy is quite a bit different and needs additional help. One major problem it has is that it is nutrient poor. We need to supplement the nurtients with carcass plantings and habitat improvements to see a comeback for our fishery.