PWS herring decline tied to hatchery salmon?
Here's an interesting article that links to a study which suggests that the massive amount of hatchery-reared pink salmon dumped into the Sound each year by PWSAC might be a primary cause for the lack of recovery of PWS herring stocks. Interesting stuff...
In the hubris of managing any species in isolation, it quickly becomes clear that you can't push or tug at ANYTHING in nature without figuring out it's connected to everything else.
"Let every angler who loves to fish think what it would mean to him to find the fish were gone."
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That is interesting.
I also have a theory that the hatchery salmon returning are directly related to an apparent exponential increase in salmon shark in the Sound. That could be tied to declining sea lion populations. The chain goes on on what could be involved.
Oh, and I suppose it's worth noting that Exxon Mobil supported that study........
God save the herring!
Guess we better start harvesting some whales then cause PSWAC and VFDA are here for the long haul. MO' FISH!
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