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    Eggs! No! Salmon!-gctid797220

    I had an interesting morning I want to share.

    A few of us at the Puget Sound Anglers volunteer at the local Dungeness Fish Hatchery.



    Last October, we harvesting roe and 'milk' from Coho caught in the separation area of the Dungeness River directly behind the hatchery.

    This morning, 6 of us culled dead row from the still active.



    Being careful not to break any of the good eggs, picking the dead out was laborious, but rather easy.



    But the most interesting part is looking inside the active roe. The black spots are their eyes!



    From here, they go into incubation tanks where they will hatch.



    This is Dave Thomas, Hatchery Specialist II for Dungeness Hatchery, a man who clearly loves his job.



    If you look behind him, many of the incubation tanks are empty. This isn't from a shortage of roe, but because (from what I'm told) WDFW and the other powers that be are convinced hatchery salmon are inferior to wild salmon, and they fear the wild salmon will become 'tainted' if they are allowed to breed with too many hatchery fish. Now, I'm no expert, but the fish we took roe from last October were some of the same fish heading up river to spawn with the wild. If they were concerned, wouldn't that already be happening?

    We'll be doing it again next Tuesday. Good people, fun chat, and a pleasure to give back.
    "B on D C", is a 1989 2459 Trophy Offshore HT, OMC 5.7L, Cobra OD, Yamaha 15hp kicker. Lots of toys! I'm no mechanic, just a blue water sailer and woodworker who loves deep sea fishing.
    MMSI: 367637220
    HAM: KE7TTR
    TDI tech diver
    BoD Puget Sound Anglers North Olympic Peninsula Chapter
    Kevin

    #2
    Nice! Thanks for sharing.
    Joel
    1987 3818 Hino 175
    "Knotty Girl"
    Prince Rupert B.C.

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      #3
      And why is it that we declining salmon runs? Unbelievable! Thanks for sharing and volunteering to help save our fish. K
      Kevin & Robyn
      Koppers Kove
      MMSI 338206107
      2001 Bayliner 2452
      5.7 B2 PT BRA3 17p

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        #4
        Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
        88 Capri 2150 305 OMC
        91 and 93 Yamaha Waverunner III 650
        Cincinnati, OH

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          #5
          "Koppers Kove" post=797261 wrote:
          And why is it that we declining salmon runs? Unbelievable!
          Between the tribes, La Nina and mismanagement, I believe they should be producing more. What I don't get is, what is the purpose of making the hatchery so big and then not use it. The hatchery is producing a mere fraction of what it could be producing.

          Now, this has come up a few times in various conversations, so please let me make the distinction between hatchery and farmed salmon. http://www.sookenewsmirror.com/opini...y good article about this a few years ago. Hatchery salmon is 90% naturally raised. Farmed is anything but. Sadly, when you order salmon in a restaurant, unless it specifies otherwise, it is farmed.

          I do not eat farmed salmon, farmed shrimp, or any other seafood grown through aquaculture. While oysters and clams can be farmed, bivalves undergo a completely different process that is far more natural than to be stuck in a net while being fed growth hormones and supplements. If I was running things, I would hold a much higher conscience to the health of the masses. I'd immediately remove all fish pens and raise production on all hatcheries to the max.

          Case in point: They are actually farming Atlantic salmon all along the west coast, (which is typically what you get at larger grocery stores and many chain restaurants) yet they tell us that hatchery salmon is a danger to our natural stocks??? The mind boggles!

          "Koppers Kove" post=797261 wrote:
          Thanks for sharing and volunteering to help save our fish. K
          You are welcome. There are usually a few of us volunteering, so it becomes pretty easy work.
          "B on D C", is a 1989 2459 Trophy Offshore HT, OMC 5.7L, Cobra OD, Yamaha 15hp kicker. Lots of toys! I'm no mechanic, just a blue water sailer and woodworker who loves deep sea fishing.
          MMSI: 367637220
          HAM: KE7TTR
          TDI tech diver
          BoD Puget Sound Anglers North Olympic Peninsula Chapter
          Kevin

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            #6
            "CptCrunchie" post=797366 wrote:
            "Koppers Kove" post=797261 wrote:
            And why is it that we declining salmon runs? Unbelievable!
            Between the tribes, La Nina and mismanagement, I believe they should be producing more. What I don't get is, what is the purpose of making the hatchery so big and then not use it.
            Probably the same reason we have so many functional schools standing abandoned because new fancy ones were built. Contractor got rich, politicians got rich, taxpayers paid for it.
            Esteban
            B-ham!
            Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952

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              #7
              Really interesting. Thanks for sharing. My sandwiches will never taste the same!
              CapMartin, Montr├®al
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