Despite Agency Assurances, Tribes Catch More Escaped Atlantic Salmon in Skagit River – Seattle Times


https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/despite-agency-assurances-tribes-catch-more-escaped-atlantic-salmon-in-skagit-river/
Even as state agency experts were assuring legislators that Atlantic salmon from a spectacular August escape are goners, tribal fishermen were catching Atlantics in the Skagit River, one of Washington’s premier salmon habitats. State lawmakers convened two weeks ago in a House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee work session on the salmon escape were assured by managers from the state departments of Fish & Wildlife and Ecology that the fish were wasting away and not showing up on the spawning grounds. But that is not what some tribal fish managers are seeing. “I can tell you they are free swimming and they are healthy and alive,” Scott Schuyler, Natural Resources Director for the Upper Skagit Tribe, told The Seattle Times on Thursday. He said tribal fish technicians keep on catching Atlantics as they fish with tangle nets for chum to gather broodstock for the tribal hatchery. Lynda Mapes reports. (Seattle Times) See also: Video of infected fish waste spewing into B.C. waters roils fish-farming issue https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/video-of-infected-fish-waste-spewing-into-b-c-waters-roils-fish-farming-issue/ Lynda Mapes reports. (Seattle Times) And also: B.C. fish farms: a tangled net http://www.timescolonist.com/life/islander/b-c-fish-farms-a-tangled-net-1.23111384 Amy Smart reports. (Times Colonist)

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