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April 30, 2004

Smells fishy

When is a fish a fish? The new proposals from the Bush Administration are causing a splash of indignation from fish advocates in the Northwest because new federal guidelines would count hatchery salmon along with wild salmon.

The problem, if that's the way to see this, is that the count would produce too many fish, and perhaps change the endangered listing for salmon. Hatchery guys say fish raised in ponds or tanks may be different than wild-grown salmon, but not when they come back to the lakes and streams in three years or so.

Those fish are as robust as any salmon. Agree? Is this about fish, or growth and sprawl?

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Posted by Jim Vesely at April 30, 2004 11:04 AM



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