Study Looking At 65 Years Of Puget Sound Hatchery Practices Questions Trend Toward Releasing Larger Juvenile Fish

A recent study examining salmon hatchery operations practices in the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) in Washington State for the past 65 years finds that current practices are releasing juvenile salmon at a larger size than in the past – a size preferred by predators – and with decreasing diversity. It calls for a consideration of modifying hatchery programs to allow for more diversity by reducing this size homogenization.

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