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Seems too light of a sentence for ol' Swanny.... If he did that with his out of town sponsors who were obviously there to document the trip, I can only imagine what he did in front of his everyday clients. He should never be allowed to fish or guide again.
 

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Hatchery Fish listed as endangered by the ESA.... ????? :confused:
This is the explanation - last sentence 2nd paragraph is key

Section 4 of the ESA requires the Secretary of Commerce to determine whether certain species are threatened or endangered.[5] Under the ESA, "species" include "any distinct population segment of any species of vertebrate fish or wildlife which interbreeds when mature."[6] Since 1991, NMFS has issued a number of policies interpreting how it would apply the ESA's "distinct population segment" provisions to Pacific salmon. NMFS considers a Pacific salmon stock to be a "distinct population segment" if it "represents an Evolutionary Significant Unit (ESU) of the biological species."[7] In order to qualify as an ESU, a Pacific salmon stock must be "substantially reproductively isolated from other … population units," and must "represent an important component in the evolutionary legacy of the species."[8]

In 1993, NMFS published a policy addressing how hatchery-spawned salmon populations would be considered during the ESA listing process (the Hatchery Policy).[9] The Hatchery Policy stated that NMFS would generally exclude hatchery-spawned salmon from its listing decisions unless the hatchery-spawned fish could be considered part of the ESU and essential to species recovery.[10]

Full article: http://www.martenlaw.com/newsletter/20070822-esa-salmon-exclusion
 

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Well I guess if you have the last two remaining elephants in the zoo and they breed it's about the same thing. Essential to the survival of the species
What the California Condors are now. They once pulled the last wild ones into a breeding program and released some back into the wild (and they have bred naturally some), as well as hatched more in captivity..so essentially a Condor hatchery strain now...in some ways.

Pyramid Lake now too with the Summit Lake strain.
 

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Had a guy a few years back that I caught with a fresh clipped steelhead. Claims he didn't do it, but as the game warden explained just having it in your possession will get you a ticket. Turns out this guy had a few other violations once the warden started looking. Lost his license for 3 years. Good thing was they were unclipped hatchery by wilds. Not NORs
 

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What the California Condors are now. They once pulled the last wild ones into a breeding program and released some back into the wild and they have bred naturally some as well as hatched more in captivity..so essentially a Condor hatchery strain now...in some ways.

Pyramid Lake now too with the Summit Lake strain.
Yes!!!! That's entirely correct. Great story
 

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In 1993, NMFS published a policy addressing how hatchery-spawned salmon populations would be considered during the ESA listing process (the Hatchery Policy).[9] The Hatchery Policy stated that NMFS would generally exclude hatchery-spawned salmon from its listing decisions unless the hatchery-spawned fish could be considered part of the ESU and essential to species recovery.[10]
Well Hell....that includes ALL Hatchery fish (salmon and steelhead) then.
Arbitrarily Clear As Mud... ;)
 

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They should fine him again for blatantly lying: "In a high state of anxiety, he made some poor choices." "At some point during the fishing excursion, (Swann) became aware that it is unlawful to take the wild salmon. Defendant contends he became aware of this fact after the fish were landed."

Jerk his guide license and keep him "in a high state of anxiety" along with an imposed lifetime of remorse.

If he doesn't lose his license, he at least should be required to edit his web site from "One of the most reputable guides in the region," to "One of the most repugnant guides in the region," . . .

F' 'em.
 

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He's apparently on "pro staff" for a few companies as well.

"Over the years Swanny’s Guided Fishing has developed long term relationships with many of the most reputable companies in the industry. These pro staff positions include, St Croix Rods, Under Armour, Okuma Reels, Power Pro, Simms, and Evinrude."
 
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