Posts Tagged ‘Hatchery

07
Aug
15

old trout pond…

trout pond-wall-Bonneville-SwittersB-fish

21
Jan
15

High Water Beautification

spillway-fish-Salmon River-Oregon-fish habitat-photography, SwittersB

Man’s attempt at some form of habitat management and control of Salmon/Steelhead/Sea Run Cutthroat passage up the Salmon River (Oregon Coast). I am sure there was/is a supposed benefit to the fish with the construction of this spillway at the hatchery on the Salmon River. Yet there is a visceral brain tweak with ugly, manmade, unnecessary coming to mind. The supposed practical vs. wild/natural conflict in my mind. The river does look better at a higher level and hides the ugly structure below. I doubt there was a passage issue before that the fish could not have conquered at such a low gradient. The first image was in early October, the second shot in January.

09
Feb
13

Natural Barriers: Dougan Falls and Wild Steelhead Purity

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Dougan Falls on the Washougal River; Photo by Leana Jimenez

Well, almost pure strains of wild steelhead make their way above Dougan Falls on the Washougal River. Natural barriers, in this case a waterfall, seem to act as good obstacles to separate out the inferior hatchery steelhead from the wild steelhead. 

Studies have been conducted over the years to chart the passages of hatchery and of wild steelhead in various watersheds. The Washougal River has no man made barriers, only natural barriers in waterfalls.

“On the Washougal, our data indicate that natural passage barriers (waterfalls) effectively isolate returning wild steelhead from straying, hatchery-origin adults. Above Dougan Falls on the Washougal, less than 3% of returning adults have been identified as hatchery origin. Using this data, WDFW determined this area to be a genetic sanctuary…” (Clark-Skamania FF)

Dougan Falls Bill McMillan Pic

Here is a photograph by the legendary Bill McMillan of a wild steelhead leaping its way up and over Dougan Falls.

The Native Fish Society published a study by Bill McMillan re wild steelhead with references to the Washougal River and Dougan Falls

25
Oct
12

A Thing of Beauty…That Transcends ‘Porn’

Photography is a wonderful endeavor. It captures such magnitude, at times. Beauty, passion, energy, awe and just plain pleasure. Such is the case for me, with certain images of fish. There are many in my circle of fly fishers, or let’s say fishermen in general, that are greatly pleased with the beauty of a fish. 

The term ‘fish porn’ arose a few years ago to capture that energy one feels of looking at a beautiful fish that subconsciously replicates something sexy, curvy, plump, sexy, powerful etc.  Sometimes, a thing of beauty transcends the provocative porn label…I know it does.

A couple of things, that I have come to take for granted, should be noted for those that visit here for the images or my blazing charm…the photos of fish that are so gorgeous have been taken by my wife or son and it is important to note that the fish are released back into the waters unharmed.

I do get the occasional comment re ‘good eating’ or ‘tasty’. Short of a few hatchery (“put and take” resource) steelhead or salmon, I rarely kill any fish. I long ago stopped killing trout because they often went to waste. There are hatchery trout that are also there for “put and take” enjoyment. I just don’t bother with it anymore. The above Rainbow Trout is too glorious for me to harvest it for a meal. 

20
May
12

Wild Fish v. Hatchery Fish: When Is Enough Data Captured to Convince

“Since the mid-1970s, large increases in hatchery programs in the U.S., Canada, Russia and Japan have released billions of fish into the water. And the increasing global demand for salmon has resulted in calls to further expand hatchery production, especially in Russia and Alaska. In a 2010 open letter to Alaska hatcheries, seafood processors proposed increasing pink salmon hatchery returns by 25%-115% over the next five years. Similarly, Russian hatchery managers stated in 2010 that Russia is planning to build 23 new hatcheries that would increase the country’s hatchery production by 66% or 680 million fish.

“The scale and magnitude of our current hatchery production system is enormous,” says Rand. “Five billion juvenile salmon are released each year worldwide, and the prospect of additional increases in hatchery production is worrisome for the long-term survival of wild salmon.” (more at Science Blog)

HATCHERY FISH ‘DOMESTICATION’

JAY NICHOLAS HAS SOME GREAT INFO 

This a very complex issue for this C Average Student. Dams, Irrigation, Logging, Hatcheries, Commercial Fishing, Pollution, oh and Sea Lions, on and on contributing factors go. And, the propensity is to substitute one man made management style over the top of the previous one. We mucked it up and the mean time, the Put ‘n Take Crowd wants their damn fish! I am glad others are taking on this puzzle and that they put it in terms I can understand…Cliff Notes so to speak.

All the good intentions aside, it does come down to prior investments, jobs, business versus a probable crisis in maintaining/restoring the original wild strains. As much as everyone readily paints business interests as inherently bad and the problem, I at first will always point to government management or mismanagement as a greater culprit in messing things up…then poor stewardship by businesses…and the oblivious ‘I want mine’ by the ‘put in take’ crowd helps perpetuate the whole mess. 

While it feels good to quote some Native American slogan about preserving some resource, I wonder how Oregon and Washington…two states that have had overwhelming Democrat power bases for decades….two very liberal/progressive states…two very eco conscious states have made such a mess of the fisheries. All those Democrat Governors have been silent and void of leadership on these issues. Of course, I’m only a C Student…so what do I know?

24
Apr
12

“Hatcheries Suck” by Steven Hawley

H/t to Horatio Nailknot/FB in pointing me to this pointed piece about man’s meddlesome ways with Wild Fish via hatcheries and cherry-picked science:

“For reasons that have little to do with biological health, or even sanity, the Obama Administration and key members of Congress think this is a swell idea. Hatcheries suck because they’ve masked a staggering loss of biological diversity and abundance. With a century of hatchery experimentation in the rearview mirror, nearly everything has been lost for Pacific salmon in the Lower 48, including a grip on reality. Most weeks of salmon season here in the Columbia Basin, it’s possible to track down a forecast from some misguided guide, federal mouthpiece, blogger or outdoor pundit chortling about the “near record returns of kings over Bonneville Dam.” This is so patently false it shouldn’t even qualify as a delusion.” DrakeMag

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