Directly from the state WA so desperately seeks to emulate.... Excerpt from Nov/Dec NWFF It goes against accepted fish management, but California is allowing hatchery coho salmon to spawn "naturally" in Salmon Creek. It's the fourth year for hatchery-to-natural salmon spawning in Sonoma County. State fish managers believe that hatchery coho spawning in streams will "establish natural mating patterns and subject offspring to natural selective pressures". That's a 180 degrees frum all other coastal wild fish recovery programs, wherein the emphasis in on confining hatchery spawners to eliminate competition with wild spawners in anadromous streams. Manfred Kittel, California Department of Fish and Game coho salmon recovery coordinator, says the "aggressive" action is necessary. "We are at a critical moment in the survival of the coho salmon on the California coast" he warns. Hatchery-raised natural spawners... hey if CA says it's the path forward, who are we to argue?