Catch and Release???

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  1. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

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    Freestoneangler,

    What do you mean? Inconvenient facts, or inconvenient and untested hypotheses? I think there is a clear divergence here between hatchery trout and hatchery steelhead. I've released hatchery trout for decades where they have been stocked in lakes for the express purpose of recreational fishing, and the trout can be caught repeatedly, and there is no native wild population for them to inter-breed with.

    The case is significantly clearer in regards to hatchery steelhead. While they are cultured for the express purpose of enhancing recreational and treaty fishing, releasing them is not quite as harmless as is the case with resident trout stocked in lakes. While the majority of escaped hatchery steelhead do not appear to spawn with wild steelhead, some do, and even those that don't produce viable young that compete for food and space with their wild counterparts, yet seldom produce returning adults. And when hatchery steelhead do spawn with wild steelhead, the resulting offspring experience lower survival than wild x wild crosses.

    The objective evidence is that hatchery steelhead spawning in the natural environment negatively affects wild populations, with the conditional exception of those cases where hatchery steelhead are essential to the recovery of wild steelhead. That doesn't mean there aren't negative effects in those cases as well; it simply means that the benefits outweigh the negative impacts in those situations. And this isn't a church, and it isn't a choir. It's clear, cogent, and convincing evidence in the presence of objective reasoning.

    The upshot is that the scientific evidence supports the notion of retaining hatchery steelhead when and where legal to do so.

    Sg
     
  2. KerryS

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    freestoneangler,
    It seems to me that you just like to make sure everyone knows you are not part of the "choir". Here is something for you to sing about if you wish. No one really cares who you sing for. If you have an opinion fine but you don't have to make it sound like yours is the only tune on the radio that has a different beat.
     
  3. TROUTsniffer

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    AMEN! 6 of one half dozen the other....if you like them eat them (in moderation of course, no need to take what you can't or won't legitamately eat) and if you don't, then release. it's still a blast to catch them, get the generic fly fisher photo, and let them go
     
  4. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

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    this aint the global warming debate. but since you say the science on hatchery and wild interactions is unsettled could you please post some studies that show that hatchery fish spawning in the wild benefits wild fish.

    that's the difference. one side cites science and the opposition can "simply say poppycock" and we're supposed to accept the opposition's side as equally weighted in the debate.
     
  5. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    And, as I stated previously, you are free to retain hatchery fish if you choose to do so. I have in years past and do not choose to now.
     
  6. Kcahill

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    I like fish.
     
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  7. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Celebrate diversity Kerry.
     
  8. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    No, you are right, it's not "the global warming debate"...it just tends to follow the same path, ending up going down the same bunny holes.
     
  9. CurtisS

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    Freestone, I respect your opinion, but it would be nice if you showed a part of your reasoning. You think its better to relase hatchery fish. Why? All you've done is make unevidenced claims and insult people.
     
  10. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Yes, the chorus is building, go to the light Freestone... don't resist... go to the light...
     
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    at this point i would again like to ask you to post some science regarding the benefits to wild fish of hatchery plants. you keep saying that there is a divergence of scientific thought on the subject, but seemingly refuse to post a single study. should be easy enough with the google thingy.

     
  12. Evan Burck

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    Though, he has on several occasions made it clear that he doesn't think of a wild fish as any more special than a hatchery fish.
     
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    I give hatchery salmon and steelhead the wood shampoo. I like eating salmon and summer steelhead. Winter steelhead are in my opinion not the best tasting fish unless smoked.
    I also use hatchery salmon as a thank you gift to my neighbors who watch my house while I'm away on fishing trips. The look on their face when you give them a nice fresh fish is priceless.
    For a change of pace, I've also been keeping some panfish which are great when fried up.
     
  14. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    As I have stated previously, I don't keep any fish -- partly because releasing them offers another chance for the fish to be caught but mostly because I don't care to eat them.

    There has been plenty of debate on this subject and, much like other issues, it will continue to have folks on both sides of the discussion. Do you know for absolute certainty that the "wild" fish you release does not have some hatchery broodstock origins...just because it is unclipped? It would be great to turn back the clock and have never channelized rivers, logged the mountains, built the damns and implemented hatchery steelhead and salmon programs...but we cannot.

    I coined the term "church of wild steelhead" and their choir not to be insulting, but to describe the chorus line like response from a core group on the forum each time this issue, in particular, comes up when someone dare opposes the teachings.
     
  15. Evan Burck

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    I don't think we care so much about opposition.. Sometimes that can be healthy in scientific matters. It's often how the opposition is presented. You often come off as smug and condescending, which in turn riles people up.